Ringing in the New Year is a Team Effort

Posted by on December 31, 2012

There is a reason that the top five New Year’s Resolutions seldom vary from year in and out: lose weight, get fit, stop smoking, save money and volunteer. They all contribute to a healthier YOU. And what most of us can agree on is the fact that we need to take better care of ourselves both physically and emotionally.

New Year's Resolution

Danielle Westberg teaches relaxation yoga moves on campus.

What experts can also agree on is the fact that resolutions like these are broken nearly as quickly as they are made. After all, patterns of human behavior are difficult to alter once a habit has been established.

Dr. Susan Clayton, Professor of Psychology at the college of Wooster, suggests in Psychology Today that one way to ensure success of these healthy resolutions is to “Get social support . . . . You can work together to come up with creative new ways to reduce your environmental footprint [for example.]”

Going it alone is not as much fun and reduces accountability, Clayton suggests. “Make a public commitment,” she recommends. “Let your friends and family know. Post it on your Facebook account.”

In keeping with this philosophy, Minnesota School of Business St. Cloud is committed to helping staff and students stick to their healthy New Year’s Resolutions this year by dedicating the upcoming winter quarter to healthy practices.

Volunteer fair

Volunteer Fair 2011

Just take a look at the upcoming events calendar, for example. In January we have a healthy yogurt bar as part of our student appreciation activities and two events geared toward helping others. The first is a Volunteer Fair on campus where students can meet representatives from our partnering community organizations and choose service opportunities that appeal to them, and the second is a chance to volunteer packaging meals as part of the Martin Luther King service week for Kids Against Hunger.

In February, we continue with the “giving of yourself” theme and promote a Random Acts of Kindness week. Later in March, we will host a Health Fair on campus to benefit both staff and students.

Random act of kindnessThroughout the quarter we will post reminders of the good habits we all want to keep. Working together, we believe it will be easier to make these New Year Resolutions a reality!

Cheers to a healthy and happy 2013!

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