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Published December 23rd 2012
A funny look at NYE resolutions
I recently came across some awesome and funny New Year's Eve quotes and it got me thinking that instead of the usual boring resolutions that everybody makes, we should make it more fun and interesting.
Then at least we would have more of a chance of sticking to them, and therefore being successful, instead of the sad lull of mid January where we lose the will and actually due to our sense of failure eat more, drink more and believe we will start again next year.
Some of my favourite quotes are below - some made me think, some made me laugh but they all, I think you will agree, speak the truth.
Oprah Winfrey "Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right."
Anaïs Nin "I made no resolutions for the New Year. The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning and moulding my life, is too much of a daily event for me." - My personal favourite!
Henry Moore "I think in terms of the day's resolutions, not the year's."
Oscar Wilde "Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account."
Jay Leno "Now there are more overweight people in America than average-weight people. So overweight people are now average - which means, you have met your New Year's resolution."
Billy Vaughn "An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves."
W.H. Auden "The only way to spend New Year's Eve is either quietly with friends or in a brothel. Otherwise when the evening ends and people pair off, someone is bound to be left in tears."
P. J. O'Rourke "The proper behaviour all through the holiday season is to be drunk. This drunkenness culminates on New Year's Eve, when you get so drunk you kiss the person you're married to."
Eric Zorn "Making resolutions is a cleansing ritual of self-assessment and repentance that demands personal honesty and, ultimately, reinforces humility. Breaking them is part of the cycle."
Charles Lamb "New Year's Day is every man's birthday."
Mark Twain "New Year's Day now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual". - Another favourite!
Judith Crist "Happiness is too many things these days for anyone to wish it on anyone lightly. So let's just wish each other a bile-less New Year and leave it at that."
Anonymous "A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.
So, how can we bring the fun in? I have a few ideas that may make them a little easier to stick to, and who knows where they might lead you or show you."
1/ Have Fun
Instead of the usual NYE resolutions about weight, boozing, work etc try making some silly and frankly ridiculous ones, which potentially you will be more likely to stick too. Such as, I promise to wear fancy dress on the last day of every month for no reason, I promise to make up a stupid dance routine and perform it on my birthday, I promise to sing karaoke for the first time, I promise to learn to juggle. If you make a pledge and share these with people (on Facebook perhaps, then it is there for all to see) and just have fun with it, you will have loads of fun, make your friends and family laugh and not take life too seriously - which is really what it is all about.
2/ Resolution Roulette
If you are having a New Year's Eve party or get together with mates and you are a little daring, why not play a game of resolution roulette. Take similar resolutions to the ones above, you all write down one or two silly resolutions and then put them in a hat or bowl - then one by one everyone has to draw one out and pledge to stick to it. It could be that someone has to wear a stupid hat to work on 25 March for no reason, someone has to get a photo with a celebrity by May, someone has to learn to belly dance by Christmas - you get the idea. A very fun way of making the NYE spirit last all year, and a great way for family and friends to keep check of the progress and encourage, or torment, you.
3/ Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
If you are someone who makes resolution and never sticks to it, then why not put some money on it to make it more interesting. So, if you fail by the end of January, then you pay money to a charity for each resolution you don't stick to, or get a resolution jar and every time you reach for the chocolate or don't go to the gym, you pay in some cash. Get family and friends involved to monitor you and you may be surprised at how you do, and how much you make.
4/ Make It Count
Sometimes it is the smaller changes that can have the biggest impact, so instead of picking one or two big resolutions why not make every day count and set a new mini one for every day. It could be as simple as I will get up when my alarm goes off and not snooze it, I will wear lots of colour today, I will make contact with someone I haven't spoke to in years today, I will stop and speak to the first person that speaks to me today, I will give money to the first charity I hear about today, I will help someone today in any way I can. You never know where life will take you and these little changes everyday, may take you somewhere amazing.
5/ Fake List
If you truly have no intention of making and sticking to resolutions, it may be worth writing a fake silly list that is just for fun and will give you and your mates a laugh. Such as, I promise to stay in my pyjamas all day and watch TV, I promise to eat chocolate every day in January, I promise to spend money on shoes, even if I can not pay the rent. That way, you get to get into the New Year's Resolution spirit without the commitment and failure issue. Unless of course you fail on some of these, which would be a good thing.
Whatever you do, I think as long as we all just resolve to be kinder to everyone, that is the best resolution anyone can make.