Importance of a New Year Resolution

Ho Ho Ho
Jingle Bells!! Jingle Bells!!
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh
With the fervour of Christmas, there comes an excitement of framing a New Year resolution. It reminds me of my blissful school days when my classmates and I were all eager to share our New Year resolutions with each other. Resolutions are firm decisions to attain or complete tasks in life. And, there is no better time than a New Year to make self promises and bring a positive change in one’s own life in the following year. A resolution can be subtracting a bad habit like quitting smoking, focusing on staying healthier by inculcating good eating habits and exercising, or attaining financial goals by targeting on possessing a new asset. The list is endless, varying from person to person.
 Life is a journey with uneven crests and troughs. The path becomes smoother when planned with well framed resolutions to achieve lifetime goals. No one is perfect in this world but we all want to work towards perfection and attain long term goals. Devising a structured approach at the start of the new year not only gives direction to goals but also makes one visionary for future goals. New hopes are the fuel for positivity in life. It keeps the life moving. As the famous poet Alfred Lord Tennyson rightly quoted in his verse Ulysses, “How dull it is to pause, to make an end, To rust unburnished, not to shine in use!”
In our modern world of ever-present social media and easy access to consumer products, there is often little space given to reflecting on the people and experiences that fill our lives with meaning and purpose. And there are reasons to worry about a collective decline in gratitude. One reason gratitude may prove so beneficial is that it plays a vital role in maintaining perceptions of meaning and purpose in life.

In a nutshell, framing resolutions leads to reinventing oneself, re-evaluating one’s choices and moving forward to gain newer experiences by shedding negativity from life. It is a self-illuminating experience to add novel and positive qualities to oneself and replacing the older and negative traits. They are the pavement to self-enlightenment and self-awakening by retrospecting into the acts, drawbacks and achievements of the previous year.  Whether you are looking for a New Year’s resolution for 2018 or not, considering the many personal and social benefits gratitude helps produce, working to appreciate all that is good in life, and sharing that feeling with others is a worthy endeavor.

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The people around us have an incredible impact on our lives.  They can empower us and encourage us to be the best we can be and inspire us to be more and to aim for the greatest of goals, which is great.  But they can also sabotage our lives, weaken our resolve, and muddle our efforts to reach our targets… and that is not so great.  Others’ influence can be so strong that it not only affects our world.  Because of this we must be extremely selective when surrounding ourselves with others.  We must choose consciously and precisely those we take as companions, or even role models, because of their potential to impact and influence us.

 

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Ah winter, the season of blizzards and subzero temperatures, of snowfall and coziness and jingle bells. It ends our years and ushers in a new one in all its frozen grace. Now I know that lots of people beg for winter’s end as soon as the first snowflake hits the earth, but this time of tundra has always been my one of my favorite seasons. Winter has such a magic to it; yes it has its brutal moments and you certainly have to be careful, but with precaution and the right positive attitude, winter can be an absolute blast. OK this might be a bit controversial, but hear me out–I actually like the cold quite a bit. There is something clean and refreshing about the cold that the winter brings, something rejuvenating almost when it first starts. However, even more than that, I love getting warm from the cold. Wrapping yourself in sweaters and scarves is super cozy and being able to go inside and curl up with a book and hot chocolate is incredibly comforting and it’s a satisfaction that doesn’t come unless you’d endured the cold first. Some of the magic lies in anticipation and also freezing temperatures all year sounds less than pleasant. Just as there is magic in the first snowfall, there is also a magic in flowers blooming again in spring. I really do love winter, however, and I’m excited for it to come into full swing in just a few weeks.

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Your personal life, your professional life, and your creative life are all intertwined. I went through a few very difficult years where I felt like a failure. But it was actually really important for me to go through that. Struggle, for me, is the most inspirational thing in the world at the end of the day – as long as you treat it that way.

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The written word is truly an amazing thing. With the help of it we can record out innermost thoughts and spread them if we like. With the help of the written word we can look far, far back into time, through the decades, the centuries and, yes, even the millennias. Today I would like to look back into the past and see what the wise people who have walked on this earth can tell us about happiness and how to uncover it. No matter if you live today or lived two thousand years ago.

“If you want happiness for an hour — take a nap.’
If you want happiness for a day — go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year — inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else.”
Chinese Proverb

“Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self-worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can’t love and respect yourself – no one else will be able to make that happen. Accept who you are – completely; the good and the bad – and make changes as YOU see fit – not because you think someone else wants you to be different.”
Stacey Charter

“We begin from the recognition that all beings cherish happiness and do not want suffering. It then becomes both morally wrong and pragmatically unwise to pursue only one’s own happiness oblivious to the feelings and aspirations of all others who surround us as members of the same human family. The wiser course is to think of others when pursuing our own happiness.”
Dalai Lama

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassions, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

“Men spend their lives in anticipations, in determining to be vastly happy at some period when they have time. But the present time has one advantage over every other – it is our own. Past opportunities are gone, future have not come. We may lay in a stock of pleasures, as we would lay in a stock of wine; but if we defer the tasting of them too long, we shall find that both are soured by age.”
Charles Caleb Colton

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