What does it say about Americans that we apparently have taken to celebrating total failure?
National Ditch Your Resolution Day is January 17. That means we are assuming most people will bail on their huge goals for 2021 in less than three weeks time.
Way to go.
This strange "observance" also seems to have just emerged out of nowhere. According to timeanddate.com, "January 17 or Ditch New Year’s Resolution Day is popularly thought to be the day when a large number of people abandon their New Year’s resolutions."
Really? Who decided this? Can someone define the threshold for when something has become "popularly thought?"
Also: is this really something to celebrate? That we give up in record time after making a life pledge to be better? Seems like a downer, not something to dance around over.
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Actually, the news is even worse about America's ability to stick with it. A study by the athlete-oriented social network Strava found that most people actually give up on their resolutions by January 12th!
We can't even make it two weeks.
Are you curious about why you are doomed to fail? This lifehack piece gives 10 good reasons why you are bad at being better. And Dr. Charles Herrick, chair of psychiatry at Nuvance Health, offers these reasons why it's so hard to make good on New Year's resolutions:
- Research shows that as many as 50 percent of adults in the United States make New Year’s resolutions, but fewer than 10 percent keep them for more than a few months.
- Giving up on New Year’s resolutions is often related to three issues: difficulty breaking old habits, focusing on specific outcomes, and problems with purpose.
- Uncertainty and hardship related to COVID-19 may make it especially difficult to prioritize New Year’s resolutions in 2021.
So what goals will become epic fails when America inevitably bails on their resolutions for 2021? According to Statistica, excercising more and eating healthier are still net-and-neck for the top resolutions.
Also near the top of the list: spending more time with family and friends (on Zoom, right?), losing weight, living more economically and spending less time on social media. On the lowest rungs of the resolution ladder: quitting alcohol and cigarettes.
So go ahead, America. You can give up now. It's time.