Everyone has their own version of New Years superstitions. They want to change the way they do things in order to reach next year, and look back to see that they’re a better person.
Or so we tell ourselves.
Personally, we’re all about that extra 2 percent. Do you feel like eating black eyed peas will bring you good luck for the new year? What about kissing at midnight? Or the really weird superstition of not throwing away trash on New Years Eve?
There are a lot of other weird ways to give you good voodoo; like opening all doors before midnight. But we also believe in body and soul, prosperously intertwined.
Make New Years Resolution Plans
Psychologists call this delusional development. Imagine being a tennis player, and telling yourself that to begin the year, you’ll be a better hockey player. That’s a worthy goal, if you’re into that sort of thing. Have you asked yourself if the rules suit you? Do you like all of that heavy equipment they wear? Do you want to start with a beer league, or do you plan to go pro? Do you like the cold? Are you cool with the how crazy hockey’s goaltenders are?
If you ask yourself about your plan of attack to change things, congrats – you’ve sidestepped delusional development (for now). We have our own breakdown for breaking habits. The other problem is that we tend to have lots of plans and hope the kitchen sink method of being better will make us better just on sheer principle. Of course, it doesn’t work that way.
This is something economists have confirmed as well.
Some people feel they’re at their most productive when work has piled up and deadlines are looming. Mullainathan and Shafir wouldn’t disagree. But they caution that these pressures cause what they call “tunneling”: a laser-like focus on the tasks immediately at hand, which often results in a disregard for the bigger picture. You may be focusing on that deadline at the expense of your long-term happiness.
The lesson? Superstitions are fun, and nice. You lose nothing by engaging in them. But try incorporating them into a real method for doing things differently that you intend to make the most of long term. Otherwise the new year rolls around, and life feels like Groundhog Day.
Which is a good movie. But not a fun experience.
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