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New Year, New Beginnings

 

Every January many people make resolutions to change in the year ahead. They want to stop a certain behavior like eating, drinking or smoking too much, or they have a less tangible goal like finding true love or greater happiness. Sometimes our goals are not realistic or based on an actual plan, and we set ourselves up for disappointment. It is estimated that only a very small percentage of people actually stick with New Year resolutions. That tells me that just thinking about what you want to change on January 1st is not going to work.

 

Having goals and plans about behaviors we want to change is a good thing, and there are some factors that predict success in making a change. These include: having a strong commitment to making the change and knowing why we want to make it; having coping strategies and a plan for any roadblocks or setbacks that occur (and they often do); having a detailed written plan and keeping track of the progress being made; and getting support and feedback from others for the changes we want to make.

 

Let’s look at this component of “getting support and feedback” or, in other words, social connectedness. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, defines connectedness as “the degree to which a person or group is socially close, interrelated, or shares resources with other persons or groups.” Social connections not only improve the quality of one’s life, they have also been shown to positively influence physical health. Social connectedness does not mean that you have to be face to face with another person or group. Social connectedness is also the feeling you experience when you believe you have been understood and are connected to others.

 

These connections can be with friends, neighbors, co-workers, family, school or social groups, church or other faith based, cultural or community groups. So, whether you get support directly from friends or family for the changes you wish to make or you join an online or community support group, these connections can improve the quality of your life physically, socially and emotionally.

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!

BRiDGES Staff

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