I, like many filmgoers, love a disaster movie. Both the 1972 original and the 2005 remake of The Poseidon Adventure took place on New Year’s Eve. I think it’s fair to say that the passenger’s did not enjoy the celebration. Many, in fact, did not survive to keep their New Year’s resolutions. Or, more likely, survive to fail at their New Year’s resolutions. As the original movie poster exclaimed: “Hell, upside down.” It’s tough to make changes in life—especially changes that stick for the long term. Just ask anyone who’s tried to quit smoking: it’s much easier to stop smoking cigarettes for a week than it is to quit forever. And it’s not particularly easy to quit for a week, come to think of it.
So as many of us make resolutions at this time of year, far, far fewer of us will have been successful in our changes as we look back a year from now. Is there anything that can be done to increase the chances of success? The answer is a resounding yes.
If you keep these simple ideas in mind, your resolution may not go down like the Poseidon.
Therapy Goes POP
Perspectives on therapy and mental health as viewed through the lens of popular culture