The New Year is a time for a fresh start. While a new date on the calendar doesn’t necessarily indicate major life changes, there seems to be a hopefulness and aspiration to be better when December fades into January. Whether it’s breaking bad habits, implementing healthier lifestyle choices or just sprinkling subtle hints of positive changes into your everyday life, there are countless ways to enhance yourself and start anew. Here are some ways our fellow Royals are turning New Year’s resolutions into New Year’s Revolutions to make 2019 one for the books.
Our own John Norcross, professor of psychology who has done research in this area, said that you should stay positive.
“My New Year’s resolution this year is to find more balance in both my daily life and overall lifestyle. This means taking more time to critically reflect on what makes me happy and what moves me forward into becoming the person I want to me. I struggle to do this on this campus because it is so tempting to get involved with everything that comes your way and then become overwhelmed as a result. I have been able to cut back on a few commitments that I felt were tipping my balance last semester, so that’s a nice feeling. I’m still figuring it all out. Finding balance is a lifelong process so there’s no use in rushing it or wasting energy trying to control every aspect at all times.”
-Colleen Boyle, ’20