Many people start the new year with making New Year's resolutions, promising themselves to improve their lives and start doing nice things to people around them. But do you know that there are (quite popular) resolutions you'd better not make? Here's our list of New Year's resolutions that are not so beneficial as they might seem.
Get married. The older you become, the more often you get asked when you are going to get married already. Under pressure to meet societal expectations, some people make a resolution to find someone to marry by the end of the year. This often results in an unhappy marriage because they rush into a relationship without really thinking. You shouldn't get married because you are expected to and the clock is ticking; you should get married when you meet someone you want to spend the rest of your life with. Love cannot be planned, so don't make falling in love a goal. People often meet “the one” when they least expect it.
Quit your job. So, you don't like your job. It's boring, you're seriously underpaid, you aren't going to be promoted in the foreseeable future, and your boss is a jerk. Well, this sounds really bad, but you still shouldn't make a promise to quit your job come New Year's unless you already have a new one. It's hard to find a new job right after the holiday season, so we suggest that you wait for a couple of months. If you want to make a job-related resolution, you can choose other wording, for example, “to negotiate a raise or promotion” or “to find a better job”.
Lose a certain amount of weight. Resolutions to improve your physical well-being are not bad per se, they can be an excellent motivation. However, you shouldn't make a promise to lose a certain number of pounds/kilograms because in most cases such goals are unrealistic. You will either fail your resolution and get disillusioned or resort to extreme weight loss methods that won't do you any good. If you are not satisfied with your weight, you can set more realistic goals, such as: stick to a healthier diet, exercise more, quit bad habits, etc.
Stop using social media. Social media has become an integral part of our lives, it helps us stay connected and saves quite a lot of time. There is nothing bad in using social media as long as it doesn't consume most of your time. If you're feeling that social media affects your life in a negative way, you should just reconsider the way you use it. You don't have to go cold turkey. Instead, promise to unplug more often, stop using gadgets when you're spending time with family and friends, or quit Facebook-stalking your exes. This should be enough.
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