Happy New Year from us all at American Digital News

A New Year’s resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person resolves to change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve their life.

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Some examples include resolutions to donate to the poor more often, volunteer more time to charities, to become more assertive, or to become more environmentally responsible.

Popular personal goals include resolutions to:

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  • Improve physical well-being: quit smoking, eat healthy food, lose weight, exercise more, stop biting nails, eat better, drink less alcohol, get rid of old bad habits
  • Improve mental well-being: smile more, think positive, laugh more often, enjoy life, take a trip
  • Improve self: become more organized, reduce stress, be less grumpy, manage time, be more independent, perhaps watch less television, play fewer sitting-down video games
  • Improve finances: save money, get out of debt,  make small investments
  • Improve career: perform better at current job, get a better job, establish own business
  • Improve education: enroll in courses, improve grades, get a degree, learn something new (such as a foreign language or craft), study often, read more books, improve talents

Top 10 New Years resolutions for 2017 were:

Rank     Resolutions                                                     Percent
1            Lose Weight / Healthier Eating                  21.4%
2           Life / Self Improvements                              12.3%
3           Better Financial Decisions                             8.5%
4           Quit Smoking                                                    7.1%
5           Do more exciting things                                 6.3%
6           Spend More Time with Family / Friends   6.2%
7           Work out more often                                       5.5%
8           Learn something new on my own                5.3%
9           Do more good deeds for others                    5.2%
10         Find the love of my life                                   4.3%
11          Find a better job                                               4.1%

A Common New Year’s Tradition is a Family Meal on January 1st.

Black Eyed Peas have become one of the most popular and recognizable dishes for bringing wealth in the new year for two reasons. First, their small size and shape resemble that of a coin. Some even say a penny is to be placed under each individual’s serving of peas to increase luck potential for the year. Secondly, because they are peas and swell when they are cooked, they are also a symbol of monetary growth for the coming year. Greens are another staple of this traditional meal. Typically in the form of kale, collard greens, cabbage, or turnip greens, these foods also symbolize wealth because they are the same color as currency. Even though some countries do not have green currency, green is also associated with natural growth (think buds in the spring time) and is also the universal color for hope. Lastly, cornbread is prepared to compliment these dishes, and is seen as symbol for gold and wealth.

“Peas for pennies. Greens for dollars. Cornbread for gold.”

While many of us will resolve to try to slow down and make better food choices, so also must we resolve to drastically improve our news media diets while encouraging others to do the same. It’s quick and easy to read headlines on social media, share articles without reading them and follow and believe only sources of information that deepen confirmation bias.

Here at American Digital News, we have made a few resolutions to make embracing a healthier news diet a little easier as well:

  • We will continue to serve as fair and impartial watchdogs, holding the powerful accountable.
  • We will continue to be as transparent as possible, providing sources and credits for the information we share.
  • We will continue to be as objective as humanly possible.
  • We will continue to call out falsehoods, “fake news” and propaganda, early and often.
  • We will continue to recognize the constant change in journalism today.
  • We will continue to  “Question Everything” for you, our valued readers.

Happy New Year from us all at American Digital News