It's time for a resolution
TODAY many people across the region will be writing down an important statement in their diaries and their hearts: Their all-important New Year's Resolutions.
With each New Year that comes, promises to one appear, and then ultimately, a few weeks later, many will admit that they haven't been successful in their plights.
Thrown in the air are promises of better health, cleaner diet and fitness fantasies, or giving up smoking, being more organised, giving more time or money to charity, and while some may make some great improvements in their lives, some will not.
One of the biggest resolutions around is to quit smoking, but the University of Newcastle's associate professor Billie Bonevski has recently found that a smoker will make an average of 20 attempts to kick the habit before succeeding.
"Previous research has shown a spike in quit smoking attempts each December and January termed the 'New Year' effect," associate professor Bonevski said.
"Rarely is a smoker able to quit the first time they try, so it is important to focus on intervention strategies and research into what will stop people smoking in the first place."
Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell said that while New Year's resolutions are a good way to make a desired change, "they need to be realistic and achievable- and come with a plan on how you are going to implement the change."
21-year-old Emma Flaherty from Goonellabah said that for the year ahead, her resolutions are financial.
"I want to save a lot of money so I can buy a car and go travelling."
"Last year was to spend a lot of money, and I smashed that!"
Alpha Balzer, of Lennox Head, said his resolution was a bit more unorthodox.
"Mine is to survive the next apocalypse, whenever it's next predicted. I did pretty well and survived December 21 2012 - we stayed up all night waiting for it and nothing happened," he laughed.
"I also want to do a bit of travelling and do some more extreme sports, like hang gliding, maybe skydiving and scuba diving."
"I want to step out of my zone. I mean, I survived the apocalypse, might as well keep kicking!"
Most Common New Year's Resolutions:
- Lose weight
- Quit smoking
- Get fit
- Spend more time with family and friends
- Enjoy life more
- Get out of debt
- Quit drinking
- Learn something new
- Give more to others/charity
- Get organised