CT senior adults advise on approaching New Year’s resolutions: ‘Find something funny to say every day’
The start of 2023 means the emergence of a common New Year’s tradition: making resolutions and forgetting about them months later.
“You don’t give up cigarettes on January one, and then start smoking again on December 31. That’s a hard start and a hard stop. I don’t think that works particularly well,” he said. “I think what you should be doing is continuing to be consistent with your philosophy, whatever that happens to be.”
Neafsey has committed to the same resolution every year: to keep moving. He tries to walk five to six miles daily and enjoys golfing and swimming. As a former athlete, he looks forward to his daily exercise. The activity improves his physical and mental well-being.
Rose, on the other hand, sees the Jan. 1 date as source of motivation. She isn’t certain her resolutions will stick, but it’s important to her that she tries every year.
“When you have a new year, you have a fresh slate. You haven’t been there before,” she said. “It depends on where you are in your life. But I do think that you should think ahead a little bit. ‘What am I going to do this year? How am I going to make it a better year for myself? And maybe others around me?’”