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Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions that Nobody Will Keep

Herein lies a list of fruitless resolutions for the New Year.

Every year I torture myself by making New Year’s Resolutions that I don’t keep. So, as a public service, in order to save you the trouble of letting yourself down yet again, I offer the Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions that Nobody Will Keep:

Number 10: I will work-out every day.

Good thing I’m writing this before January 2nd, so I don’t have to admit that I’ve already broken this one.

Number 9: I will maintain a positive attitude.

I learned from another Psychology Today writer that this is known in the therapeutic trade (of which I’m not a member) as “the tyranny of positive thinking.” Hurray! It’s okay not to always be positive. I think I’ll toss this resolution out straight away.

Number 8: I will drink more water.

I don’t know why, but at every turn, someone is telling me to drink more water. I’ve tried filling two water bottles and resolving to have them empty by the end of the day. Doesn’t work. I’ve tried making check marks on a piece of paper every time I finish a glass. Doesn’t work. Revised resolution: I will drink water. Now that’s one I can keep!


Number 7: No piece of junk food shall pass these lips.

Actually, I came up with a way to keep this one—as the year (and my eating) progresses, I’ll just keep redefining what comes under the category of junk food.


Number 6: I will not buy anything unless I absolutely need it.

This resolution is impossible to keep because today’s “I need it” is  tomorrow’s “What was I thinking?”


Number 5: I will not allow clutter to accumulate in my living space.

Lovely thought, this one. But lest we forget: it’s just a thought.





Number 4: I will stop spending so much time in cyberspace.

To quote a character from The Social Network (the film about Facebook’s founder): “We lived on farms, then we lived in cities, and now we’re going to live on the Internet.”


Number 3: I will not put off until tomorrow what can be done today.

Aren’t these kinds of pithy sayings just begging to be broken?



Number 2: I won’t get stressed all year.

I’m stressed just thinking about this one.

And the #1 New Year’s Resolution that Nobody Will Keep:

I won’t make any more New Year’s Resolutions!

My heartfelt wish in the coming year is that all of you take good care of yourselves and your loved ones.

© 2013 Toni Bernhard www.tonibernhard.com

Thank you for reading my work. My most recent book is titled How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy and Sorrow.

I'm also the author of the award-winning How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and their Caregivers

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Toni Bernhard, J.D., is a former law professor at University of California at Davis. She wrote the award-winning How to Be Sick and, recently, How to Wake Up.


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