Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Year's Resolutions 2014, how to make them work

Time Magazine Ideas/Life and Style/Dan Ariely and Kristen Berman, 12/30/13.  "5 New Year's Resolutions that might actually work.  For example:  don't make a resolution to walk once a day-- get a dog and commit yourself to daily walks for the next decade."  

Being more awesome in 2014 is easy,
I will post civil, intelligent comments
under my own name on Fix Pacifica
 ....  "On Jan. 1 many of us make all kinds of promises that “starting tomorrow, things are going to be different.” There is the old (2013 self) and the new (2014 self), and Jan. 1 is an opportunity to welcome the new, improved self in. As the New Year starts, we say to ourselves that the new, 2014 self will be different. We’re confident that from now on we won’t hit snooze, we’ll stop procrastinating and for sure we won’t mindlessly eat unhealthy snacks.

This kind of self-resolve is the kind of magic that keeps mankind moving. Unfortunately, come mid-January, the shiny “new self” doesn’t feel as new. After a few weeks of crashing against reality and old habit, the new self is bruised and sainted.   Read article.

....  Dan Ariely is the James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University and the author of Predictably Irrational and, most recently, The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone — Especially Ourselves. Kristen Berman is the founder of Irrational Labs, a not-for-profit that attempts to get people to behave irrationally, but in better ways."

Note:  graphic from True Funny, "New Year funny resolution 2014 wallpaper." 

Posted by Kathy Meeh


Anonymous said...


How about more Pacifica revelant blog posts.

Kathy Meeh said...

724 sure, send your relevant articles to Steve Sinai at fixpacifica@gmail.com. You'll need to use your relevant real name.

Hutch said...

You and Steve do a great job Kathy.

7:24 have you ever suggested an article? Then look in the mirror if you don't like what's posted here.

Happy New Year!

Steve Sinai said...

Kathy's been doing 99% of the work on the blog.

Kathy Meeh said...

^^^ 503
He lies. Steve has always kept this blog up and running, fair and balanced.

Also, credit to all who contribute quality articles and comments, (that includes Hutch).

I do wish others would contribute more articles, particularly about the Pacifica you know, or other topics of news or interest.

Anonymous said...

No one is asking for MORE articles. It seemed pretty clear to me, but for those who still don't understand, the request was for FEWER off topic ones.

Kathy Meeh said...

813, 724 is there a position on the blog for an elected or appointed anonymous critic-in-chief? If the answer is no, then you're not elected or appointed. And, if you're not contributing articles which you, yourself deem to be ON TOPIC (undefined), no one knows IF what you deem to be ON TOPIC is real, intelligent, related, or even worth considering.

This article is about personal New Year's Resolutions, so your wandering comments are themselves OFF TOPIC. However, the reason I posted that little girl widget with caption on this article is because I knew you would be back with the same repeat noxious comments, and her message is for you.

What's the point of fewer articles with undefined purpose? My observation is fewer articles (such as during the political campaigns) tend to bring-out a bunch of anonymous numbnuts who beat-up on each other and everyone else. What might be more interesting is more articles contributed by more people with names (which would tend to build a bigger venue). So camouflaged Anonymous some of us do understand what you said, we just don't get you.