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    How Fast You'll Abandon New Year's Resolutions

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    How Fast You’ll Abandon New Year’s Resolutions

    By Mona Chalabi

    "Plenty of us will start the year with good intentions. When a Marist Poll asked 1,140 U.S. adults in December whether they would be making a resolution for 2015, 44 percent said they were either very or somewhat likely to do so. But nearly half of them are likely to fail in sticking to their plans.


    John Norcross, a professor of psychology at the University of Scranton, has conducted studies into “resolvers” (those of you who have made a statement about what you intend to do differently in the new year) and “nonresolvers” (those of you who haven’t). In a 2002 study, Norcross and his colleagues contacted resolvers every couple of weeks for six months to check in on how they were doing. By the end of June, only 46 percent were on course with their New Year’s resolutions.





    It seems crazy to me to stick a simple percentage on objectives that are so affected by circumstances and ambition at the outset. Let’s say that I vowed on Jan. 1, 1995, to stop stealing my sister’s homework and grading it myself. My chances of success were far higher than if I were to promise myself that I would master Mandarin that year (not least because by February my sister might have learned to better hide her stuff). . . ."
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    Re: How Fast You'll Abandon New Year's Resolutions

    I'm amazed at the 46% figure of those that made the resolution keep it that long (6 months).
    This year for sure I'm gonna conquer that personal problem that bugs me

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    Re: How Fast You'll Abandon New Year's Resolutions

    Quote Originally Posted by annata View Post
    I'm amazed at the 46% figure of those that made the resolution keep it that long (6 months).
    This year for sure I'm gonna conquer that personal problem that bugs me
    Good luck. Your tree looks a little like a beobab.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hays View Post
    Good luck. Your tree looks a little like a beobab.
    thank you for the well wishes Jack.
    I don't know what a beobab is -that's just an avatar I use to show the significance of the Bodhi tree (pipal) for Buddhists

    What is a Bodhi Tree?

    The Bodhi Tree stands beside the Mahabodhi temple in Bodhgaya, India, and is the tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment some 2500 years ago. Siddhartha Gautama had been practicing austerities for six years and finally understanding that this could not lead to self-realisation, he abandoned his practices and sat under a pipal tree resolving not to rise until he attained enlightenment. As he sat in deep meditation, Mara, the lord of illusion (symbolising the delusions of one's own mind) tried tirelessly to distract him from his purpose. Gautama triumphed over the inner obstacles and his mind was utterly subdued – he had attained enlightenment and became known as Gautama Buddha. 
For seven days after the enlightenment, Buddha continued to meditate under the tree. Another week was passed in walking meditation, and a third week in contemplation under the Bodhi Tree
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    Re: How Fast You'll Abandon New Year's Resolutions

    Quote Originally Posted by annata View Post
    thank you for the well wishes Jack.
    I don't know what a beobab is -that's just an avatar I use to show the significance of the Bodhi tree (pipal) for Buddhists

    What is a Bodhi Tree?

    The Bodhi Tree stands beside the Mahabodhi temple in Bodhgaya, India, and is the tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment some 2500 years ago. . . .
    The beobab (or baobab) is a tree I encountered in east and southern Africa.

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    Re: How Fast You'll Abandon New Year's Resolutions

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hays View Post
    538 knows you better than you know yourself.

    Resolutions
    How Fast You’ll Abandon New Year’s Resolutions

    By Mona Chalabi

    "Plenty of us will start the year with good intentions. When a Marist Poll asked 1,140 U.S. adults in December whether they would be making a resolution for 2015, 44 percent said they were either very or somewhat likely to do so. But nearly half of them are likely to fail in sticking to their plans.


    John Norcross, a professor of psychology at the University of Scranton, has conducted studies into “resolvers” (those of you who have made a statement about what you intend to do differently in the new year) and “nonresolvers” (those of you who haven’t). In a 2002 study, Norcross and his colleagues contacted resolvers every couple of weeks for six months to check in on how they were doing. By the end of June, only 46 percent were on course with their New Year’s resolutions.





    It seems crazy to me to stick a simple percentage on objectives that are so affected by circumstances and ambition at the outset. Let’s say that I vowed on Jan. 1, 1995, to stop stealing my sister’s homework and grading it myself. My chances of success were far higher than if I were to promise myself that I would master Mandarin that year (not least because by February my sister might have learned to better hide her stuff). . . ."
    Good Sunday afternoon, Jack.

    The fact that nearly half of the people were still keeping their resolution after six months was surprising to me. It must have been a reeeally easy one to keep is all I can say! Otherwise I am not convinced that they're telling the truth to the data collectors, which would be an admission of failure, and most people don't like to admit that, especially if it's a health issue, like walking three miles a day, or losing weight or eating more healthful foods. The ones I know that have not been able to keep their resolutions usually have a good excuse like "well, at least I tried!" This was usually after one week! :

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    Re: How Fast You'll Abandon New Year's Resolutions

    Quote Originally Posted by polgara View Post
    Good Sunday afternoon, Jack.

    The fact that nearly half of the people were still keeping their resolution after six months was surprising to me. It must have been a reeeally easy one to keep is all I can say! Otherwise I am not convinced that they're telling the truth to the data collectors, which would be an admission of failure, and most people don't like to admit that, especially if it's a health issue, like walking three miles a day, or losing weight or eating more healthful foods. The ones I know that have not been able to keep their resolutions usually have a good excuse like "well, at least I tried!" This was usually after one week! :
    Good evening, Polgara.

    I agree with you. (I write this as I prepare to meet friends for dinner at L'Auberge chez Francois.)
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    Re: How Fast You'll Abandon New Year's Resolutions

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hays View Post
    Good evening, Polgara.

    I agree with you. (I write this as I prepare to meet friends for dinner at L'Auberge chez Francois.)
    : Have a great time, and don't eat too much of that very delicious French food, and stay away from their chocolate truffles, or you may lose your girlish figure!

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    Re: How Fast You'll Abandon New Year's Resolutions

    You can't break a resolution if you don't make one.
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    Re: How Fast You'll Abandon New Year's Resolutions

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hays View Post
    538 knows you better than you know yourself.

    Resolutions
    How Fast You’ll Abandon New Year’s Resolutions

    By Mona Chalabi

    "Plenty of us will start the year with good intentions. When a Marist Poll asked 1,140 U.S. adults in December whether they would be making a resolution for 2015, 44 percent said they were either very or somewhat likely to do so. But nearly half of them are likely to fail in sticking to their plans.


    John Norcross, a professor of psychology at the University of Scranton, has conducted studies into “resolvers” (those of you who have made a statement about what you intend to do differently in the new year) and “nonresolvers” (those of you who haven’t). In a 2002 study, Norcross and his colleagues contacted resolvers every couple of weeks for six months to check in on how they were doing. By the end of June, only 46 percent were on course with their New Year’s resolutions.





    It seems crazy to me to stick a simple percentage on objectives that are so affected by circumstances and ambition at the outset. Let’s say that I vowed on Jan. 1, 1995, to stop stealing my sister’s homework and grading it myself. My chances of success were far higher than if I were to promise myself that I would master Mandarin that year (not least because by February my sister might have learned to better hide her stuff). . . ."
    My resolution is to not get married. Since I'm techincally still married to my soon-to-be-ex-wife, I think I have a good chance of keeping it.


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