Editorial: Think positive for new year happiness
by Ashley Peay
As the holiday season comes to a
dose and the new year begins, many
students nish around trying to get or
ganized, pull up their grade point aver
ages and find ways to save money for
luxurious Spring Break trips. These are
only a few of our New Year’s resolu
tions, and these don’t seem to be top
priority for most Meredith students.
We seem to be much more concerned
with the warm weather, which is creep
ing up on us, and trying to squeeze
ourselves into new bikinis and bear
our bodies to the world.
1 cannot count how many times we
have overheard statements such as “I
want to weigh 100 pounds before
Spring Break” or “I’m going to lose 20
pounds before I buy a new bathing
suit.” I begin to wonder what is so
magical about this one week and if the
world will stop revolving if we don’t
obtain these ridiculous goals and stan
dards we set for ourselves.
Let’s face it. These crash diets.
which most of us are guilty of trying at
the beginning of each new year, don’t
work anyway, and they’re certainly
not good for our bodies. Instead of
trying to starve ourselves to death, it
would be much more wise to set a
weekly schedule (including time for
fitness) and stick to it!
Be sure to eat three balanced meals
a day (no snacking between meals),
drink lots of water and most impor
tantly, set aside some “alone” time for
walking, working out, etc. Not only
will this time alone help with building
up your cardiovascular system and
dropping those unwanted pounds, but
also it will help increase your level of
sanity (which could help with those
other resolutions which have suddenly
In A Creative Companion, the au
thor Sark gives some advice on “How
to be Really Alive!” She says, “Live
juicy. Stamp out conformity. Dream of
Gypsy Wagons. Develop an outstand
ing appetite for books. Drink simsets.
Amaze yourself. Spin yourself dizzy.
Hang upside down. Follow a child.
Celebrate an old person. Send a love
letter to yourself. Find new ways to
love. Believe in everything. You are
always on your way to a miracle. The
miracle is you!”
Try to keep these thoughts in full
view as you go through the semester
working with your new schedule. Re
member that it won’t be the end of the
world if you are forced to bear your
soul rather than your body to the world
during Spring Break. 'Think positively,
and you will automatically be happier
(and so will those around you).
And, when resolution time rolls
around again, try to keep those crash
diets to a minimum and positive think
ing to a maximum. It will be much
safer not only for your body, but also
for your stress level and mind.
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