What's On Your T-Shirt?
January's Letter From the Editor
Get in shape, get organized, and spend more time with family are three of the top ten New Years resolutions made by Americans in 2012, according to a University of Scranton study recently published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology.
What I found most eye opening in the data was not so much the list itself, but the fact that 45 percent of those in the study said they “usually” make a New Year’s Resolution.
Seriously? Have the pitfalls of life weighed so heavily on our national psyche that more than half of us no longer even try for a better tomorrow? Close to home, even, the locally owned Life is Good® Genuine Neighborhood Shoppe, with all of their catchy, upbeat t-shirt-ology had to close its doors.
Sure, wearing the t-shirt is easy enough, but making a resolution a reality is quite the contrary. Frighteningly, only eight percent of optimists are ever successful in achieving their resolutions. So I can see it makes sense, in a practical albeit dark sort of way, to not strive for improvement.
When it comes to sharpening the saw and getting the most out of life sometimes just wearing the t-shirt and voicing your goals can make all the difference. According to the same study, “people who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals.” Quite simply, expressing the desire for a better life makes you more accountable and lets others know you could use their support.
So, what’s on your t-shirt? FOX 4’s Dionne Anglin is dreaming of one day writing a book, Impact Fitness’ founder Kevin Kordish wants to help others reach their fitness goals, and the nurses of Texas Health Harris Methodist Southlake strive to continually upgrade the state of nursing.
If you’re a 45 Percenter like any of these go-getters, than you are already hard at work at your own do-good declaration. In this case, I wish you luck and offer the year’s first issue of Southlake Style. Even though I own no less than eight Life is Good® shirts, let this month’s letter act as my declaration to improve upon the magazine that so many of you have come to love.
Yours in Southlake Style-