A New Year and a New Beginning - Making Resolutions

9a4ab65ac90b267739c9_new_year1_christine_zenino.jpg
Credits: Christine Zenino on flickr
e4f9645500bf98852f3e_b1b36415b357056b129b_48a2f4e9f746ea3186fe_0ff74069c02a1fbb4abb_5c84ba382f0844bcf720_f371c0b982c292246696_97d02d804567f941cdd5_1ca81253ebd7a6589ab2_1e9903996d5a4f80fb1c_stock_image_-_health_and_wellness_-_v1.jpg
9a4ab65ac90b267739c9_new_year1_christine_zenino.jpg

CLARK, NJ - 2015 has arrived! For many people, this New Year means a new beginning for them. They see it as a fresh start, a way to begin a new, improved life. So, in order to achieve this goal, they develop New Year’s Resolutions for themselves so they can work to become the person that they dream of being.

The idea of New Year’s Resolutions began with the ancient Babylonians who, at the beginning of each New Year, made promises to their gods often regarding paying off debts and returning borrowed object. Since then, many other cultures and religions have engaged in similar actions at the beginning of each year by praying or making promises to their god(s) or a supreme being.

Kelly Vena, a senior at Arthur L. Johnson High School, said that her resolution is “to be more kind to people and to try and look at things through others’ perspectives before jumping to conclusions or judging them.”

Sign Up for E-News

Some of the most popular resolutions that are made at the beginning of each new year are to donate more to the poor, become more assertive, improve one’s physical or mental well-being, or to spend more time with family. Also, one resolution that occurs most often is to improve oneself through organization, reducing stress, losing weight, becoming more confident, or having a positive attitude.

Mark Spence, also a senior at ALJ, did not make a resolution for the upcoming New Year. However, he feels that, by making a resolution, “it is nice to have an idea of what you want to improve upon throughout the year.”

A 2014 study conducted by the University of Scranton and reported at StatisticBrain.com indicated that approximately 45 percent of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions and 38 percent absolutely never do. A mere eight percent actually achieve their resolutions.

The study found, encouragingly, that those who do make resolutions are ten times more likely to attain their goal than those who don’t bother at all.

New Year’s Resolutions have allowed people to do great things in the New Year. Through making resolutions this year, 2015, can become a new beginning for many.

Happy New Year!  

Editor's Note: Amanda Merten is an ALJ student and a member of the TAP team at ALJ.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Clark

Clark's CityMD Urgent Care Shares Flu Survey

CLARK, NJ - As flu season is in full gear and the probability of catching the flu is a real concern, a majority of Americans admit to taking actions that may contribute to the spread of this highly contagious virus.  According to a recent survey, roughly three out of five Americans who have had the flu or flu-like symptoms (61%) admitted to being out and about the last time they ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_4263e5e3ea86532c53e1_take_your_child_to_the_library_day

Sun, February 25, 2:00 PM

The Clark Public Library, Clark

Take Your Child to the Library Day

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_e98775566841c6c9afee_ucea

Thu, March 1, 4:00 PM

Barnes and Noble, Springfield

Grab the Family and Head to a Very Special Read ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

Carousel_image_248cea245b872fb9c722_resolve_house

Fri, March 2, 12:00 PM

Resolve, Scotch Plains

Free Teen Anxiety Group (Ages 14-17) at Resolve

Clark VFW : Spotlight on Joseph Horling

February’s spotlight is on Joseph Horling , Staff Sergeant US Army 1942-1946.

Joe was born in Rahway NJ on Oct 1, 1920.  He and his brother Anthony were born to Anthony Sr. and Bertha Horling .  Joe’s father was born in Munich and his mother Bertha in Austria. 

Joe enlisted in the Merchant Marines in 1942.  Eight months later, in 1943, he enlisted in the US ...

Kiwanis Clark - Flapjack and Raffle Fundraiser

February 24, 2018

KIWANIS CLUB OF CLARK—The Clark Kiwanis Club, the local chapter of the worldwide philanthropic organization that aids children's causes and charities, has announced their upcoming Flapjack Fundraiser for Sunday, March 18, 2018, from 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. at the Clark Applebee's.

The Clark club is the parent organization for the ALJ High School Key Club, the Kumpf Middle School ...

First Hand Account: Shouts of Racial Slurs Bring Police to Sparta Theatre

February 22, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta police were called to the New Vision Sparta Theater on Sunday night because of a woman shouting slurs in a screening of Black Panther.

Former New Jersey Assembly candidate Michael Grace was in the theater when two people started yelling racial slurs including “look at these ‘n-word’” and “can you believe these ...

Don't Rule Out a College Based Solely on Sticker Price Here's Why

Has your child been crossing schools off their college list based solely on the sticker price?  In this week's Tuesday Takeaway, Chris Curran talks about why the sticker price is often far higher than the actual price you will pay.    Take a listen to Chris Curran's latest chat and don't forget to check out his book College Funding ...

Choosing a College With the 'Right' Fit

Do you know if your child is choosing a college with the right fit?  Do you know what the right fit means or why it matters?  Take a listen to Chris Curran's latest chat about why fit matters and don't forget to check out his book College Funding Secrets.  

Check out other columns by Chris here.

Scutari vs Mahr

February 14, 2018

I read with interest in a local newspaper regarding the Union county democrat party political infighting for their “county chair” selection.  There were 2 letters juxtaposed, each one listing supporters of either Senator Scutari or Fanwood Mayor Mahr, who are the two main people vying for the “boss” position.

Although I am a democrat I am not a committee ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 12

On this week’s episode of AtlantiCast, decade of excellence makes headlines, as Atlantic Health’s place on Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For List leads off the newest episode of AtlantiCast. Also on this week’s show, check out the newest “hybrid” operating room at Morristown Medical Center and find out how Atlantic Health is helping local ...