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New Year’s Resolutions: Fact or Fiction?

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A little over two months ago we celebrated the New Year. Millions of people gathered around and watched the ball drop while we all said goodbye to 2015 and welcomed the year 2016. Not only did we say hello to 2016, but select individuals said hello to new beginnings, an idea that is most commonly known as a New Year’s resolution.  This concept is very much known, but contrary to belief, a majority of people do not set them, let alone alone keep them.

A recent study from The University of Scranton Journal of Clinical Psychology showed that only 45 percent of Americans make resolutions for the New Year in the previous year of 2015, and only 8 percent actually keep them. The most popular resolution is to lose weight. Is it hard to say if people are actually setting resolutions seriously, or just participating in a well-known trend. When interviewing University at Albany students, a majority did not set resolutions. One popular reason is that students feel they have the ability to change or improve themselves at any time they want.

“I didn’t make a New Year’s resolution because I feel like set goals are harder to accomplish. I just like to hope for the best,” Fode Diop, a current freshman at the University, said.

While many people simply stated that they did not see the point of changing themselves when the clock struck 12, sophomore Rajanie Bhudeo took a more cynical approach to the situation.

“I never actually accomplish my resolution so no point in setting myself up for failure,” he said

 Though a majority of the population does not set resolutions, there are still a select few who actually do, including Sophomore Naja Hart.

“I did make a resolution, but I did not abide by it,” Hart said. “I planned to keep in contact with old friends, but I didn’t.”

Hart said he thinks the reason he did not keep this goal was because he was not very passionate about it.

Although Senior Courtney Tyner did not originally set a resolution, she had a sudden change of heart.

“I didn’t make a New Year’s resolution because I didn’t believe in it, but I decided to make changes towards the end of January,” Tyner said. “I’m sticking to it now and I like it.”

Most students seem to agree that they can change any time, whether it be Jan. 1, or Dec. 31. Though the statistics show that only 8 percent of Americans keep up with their resolutions, there is no way of knowing how many people vow to change and improve themselves daily and are actually successful with this change in the long run.

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