New year resolutions have been in existence for over 4000 years and so too has been the act of breaking them by the onset of Easter mainly due to lack of perseverance, willpower and motivation.
If resolutions are intended to increase our personal desires and pursuit of pleasure these can be associated with hedonism.
Considering what lies ahead, some think that happiness is unattainable, elusive but in fact is not random, rather attributed to deliberate choices and activities.
In making good choices, the emotion of joy is stimulated increasing longevity, creativity and lowering of stress levels and
taking pride in our achievements is tantamount to counteracting negativity.
Losing weight and stopping smoking can only be the most mundane and boring resolutions, even an idiot knowing that these are detrimental to one’s health, whereas more inspirational ones exist.
Firstly getting one’s house in order financially makes darned good common sense, being aware that one’s financial habits should correspond to one’s life-style. Making a plan and sticking to it is the toughest part but the results will be rewarding.
In juxtaposition to the above getting in touch with one’s spiritual side pays dividends of a different nature such as the outcome of attending meditation sessions, Yoga classes or visiting a place of worship to explore and understand the beliefs of one’s religion.
Giving up one’s time to volunteer is a noble cause as all human beings should have some sense of social responsibility.
For example “green initiatives” encourage low impact living in preservation of the planet, “zero footprint” the buzz word these days by reducing, re-using and recycling. Learning more about organic and eco-friendly products is an excellent start.
Whether we are wired for “niceness” developing an attitude of kindness and giving to fellow human beings is ingrained in us from an early age causing the brain to release endorphins, the feel-good hormone. Furthermore, higher consciousness can conquer so much negativity in the world.
In conclusion, may the year ahead bring good health, serenity and the promise of fulfilment to all readers.