As the joy and warmth of Christmas offsets the chill of winter and sets up our mood to step into the next year, here’s a list of five resolutions for your family to work on in the New Year.
By Arun Sharma
Most of us spend the last few days of every year planning to receive the oncoming year with a grand celebration. We indulge in festivities to keep our spirits high and step into the new year with a feeling of hope and positivity. We plan to add to our happiness quotient by realising our aspirations and making our dreams come true.
In a nutshell, we desire, intend and resolve to make the best use of the next 365 days to improve our lives.
While we do this on the eve of every New Year, let’s resolve to do things a little differently this time. Alongside our personal New Year resolutions, let’s create some space to fit in a few things to do together as a family.
To help you with the task, we have created a New Year resolution list for your family. Here it is.
1. Take decisions as a family: We tend to take decisions unilaterally, rarely considering the perspectives of other family members. This causes a lot of heartburn and resentment among family members.
2. Argue less, talk more: Everyone has an opinion on almost everything. In a family, putting forth views during a conversation can often turn into an argument and give rise to conflicts.
3. Manage stress: With a busy lifestyle and a host of responsibilities to handle, every family member, including children, experiences a lot of stress.
4. Detox your home: Hankering after development, mankind is forcing nature to withdraw its steps and replacing everything natural with chemicals. This has increased pollution levels and put our health at risk.
5. Make yourself accountable: Setting goals is the easiest of tasks; but, working towards achieving them is difficult. After some time, most of us stop paying any attention to our goals.
Epton et al published a study titled, ‘Unique effects of setting goals on behavior change: Systematic review and meta-analysis,’ in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (2017). The findings of their study suggest that, "Optimally goals should be: (a) difficult but achievable (b) set publicly (c) set face to face (d) set as a group goal and (e) set without drawing attention to goal commitment." So, while you take inspiration from this article and set resolutions together as a family, also try to adhere to the takeaways from Epton et al’s study.
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