With the approach of 2012, water cooler chat has yet again sunk from Thanksgiving meal reviews and holiday gift ideas to New Year’s resolutions. NPR polling indicates that the majority of adults in the US are choosing health-oriented resolutions such as losing weight or reduce their smoking. There’s nothing wrong with pursuing health-centered resolution routes such as shedding a few pounds or put a stop the making your lungs a chimney, but I’m more interested in the positive effects of unconventional, potentially hazardous resolutions.
For example, a resolve to broaden one’s life experience could result in an experimental resolution flavor. Perhaps you condemn smoking and unhealthy eating practices but resolve to try a cigarette once a month and eat one chocolate per day. Yes, this may an apocalyptic spin on the traditional approach to resolutions, but this agent-of-chaos approach to the New Year could very well provide a transcendental value, even if such enlightenment is mildly hedonistic. Agree to disagree? Shoot us your thoughts.