The Defy Aging Newsletter

Anti-aging psychology, holistic health, and wellness

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Number 133

This issue:

Sticky New Year's Resolutions


Choose Sticky New Year’s resolutions.


New Year’s is the worst time to make New Year’s resolutions. Why?

  1. Many of us stay up too late, drink too much, eat too much, and watch too much TV--not an optimal frame of mind for follow through.
  2. We are most likely to make changes when life events create leverage (e.g., new health challenges, a job change, divorce). New Year’s Day is an arbitrary day with no leverage.
  3. People typically set goals that are too high, e.g., get physically fit vs. a baby step such as adding five minutes of stretching at least five times a week.
  4. People typically set rigid goals, e.g., deciding to exercise sixty minutes every day and upon missing a day giving up in “failure.”

This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make New Year’s resolutions. Rather make sticky New Year’s resolutions. Sticky resolutions are easy to make and easy to keep. Most of the Anti-Aging ABCs and the 52 baby steps are sticky as they are “belief tweaks.”

Examples include resolving:

  • that no matter how old you are you will be making new friends (a great way to feel optimistic about aging).
  • to always bring something with you to read in case you find yourself waiting  (prevents boredom and enhances learning).
  • to do your best to make someone smile or laugh each morning   (post a reminder somewhere to remind you until it becomes a habit).
  • to routinely take the stairs at work instead of the elevator   (takes no time to help you stay fit and loses weight).

Notice these are small, easy to do steps. New Year’s is a lousy time for the usual resolutions but a great time for sticky resolutions.


New Year's eve is last rites for the year--celebrated with the festivities of a wake.

~Mike Brickey


New Year's is a harmless annual institution, of no particular use to anybody save as a scapegoat for promiscuous drunks, and friendly calls, and humbug resolutions, and we wish you to enjoy it with a looseness suited to the greatness of the occasion.

~Mark Twain

What were the earliest New Year's Eve parties like? Rather than going out to party, Adam and Eve stayed home and raised Cain.

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