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Resolve to be the best you

January 14, 2016
Erin O'Neill , MOV Parent

The gifts are strewn throughout the house, there are half-eaten cookies all over the kitchen and you look at the remnants of another Christmas gone by and sigh.

Or maybe that's just me.

But another one down means another New Year begins and, with it, the promise to live a better life. At least we hope, right? Why do we make resolutions and promises that few of us intend to keep?

The idea goes back to the Roman namesake for the month of January - Janus - the god of beginnings and transitions with two faces looking in opposite directions. It makes sense that the start of a new year would be the perfect time to try to put a stop to things that take away from one's life (smoking, stressing over work, watching "Kardashian" reruns) and add more things that enhance the quality of life (exercise, join a club, take more naps).

However, you know what they say about good intentions and the road they pave. And it's so fun to be "bad."

But still, year after year, we go about the ritual of living our best life, or some sort of paraphrasing of Oprah. And that is the best that we can hope for.

Just the act of wanting to be better than we were is a step in the right direction.

Just in case, though, you want to keep with tradition and are feeling stuck for inspiration, here are some of the most popular New Year's resolutions according to

1. Lose weight 2. Volunteer to help others 3. Quit smoking 4. Get a better education 5. Get a better job 6. Save money 7. Get fit 8. Eat healthy food 9. Manage stress 10. Manage debt

Keep in mind that it's OK to start on a resolution and not see it through. No one needs the added pressure - see number 9 above. Be good to yourself and to others and no one can really ask any more of you.

Happy New Year!

Erin O'Neill is the editor of Graffiti magazine.



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