New Year, New Goals: Why Resolutions Matter More Than Ever

December 12, 2017 / by Britta Wilhelmsen

Happy New Year sign in a wreath.As we start to tie up the loose ends of 2017, it’s time to look ahead to a new year. One full of new opportunities, lessons, and successes — and a great way to achieve them is by setting some goals for yourself. Hint: we’ve got over 70 ideas to get you started.


The benefits of goal-setting: why resolutions are worth making

A woman writing in a planner.

We’ve all felt it. The excitement of coming up with New Year’s resolutions, working out a plan of attack, and, if we’re lucky, seeing a few of them through. As 2018 quickly approaches, so does the pressure to reinvent ourselves somehow — whether it’s by starting a new hobby, remodeling our home, or finally asking out that person we’ve had our eye on for the past few months. While it’s easy (and fun!) to come up with resolutions, it’s not always easy to follow through on them. We might even find ourselves asking: what’s the point?

Like any goal-setting process, making New Year’s resolutions is an opportunity to identify areas for improvement in our lives. It gives us a sense of purpose going into the new year, which can quite literally make us feel good: neuroscientists have found that happiness through pursuit is one of our most basic emotional reactions. We actually enjoy the process of trying to reach our goals more than the feeling of achieving them!

To sum up: New Year’s resolutions might seem cliché, but they do serve a positive (and scientifically-proven!) purpose. Need some resolution ideas for 2018? You’ve come to the right place.


Amp up your conversation skills: learn a new language

Two people engrossed in conversation.Okay, we might be a little biased, but we’ve got good reason. There aren’t too many resolutions out there that will impress your friends and family, increase your competitiveness in the global job market, and improve your self-confidence all at the same time. Plus, language learning trains your brain to solve problems more efficiently and see the world in a new way.

It’s true — try out a new language in 2018, and it might just lead to more creativity overall. Language acquisition helps us find new ways to categorize things, from our everyday work responsibilities to the clothes hanging in our closet. By broadening your mindset in this way, you become more adept at discovering out-of-the-box solutions that others may not consider.

And perhaps the best reason to put language learning at the top of your New Year’s resolution list? It’s fun, of course! With Mango’s bite-sized lessons, you can easily set short-term goals to measure your progress, then treat yourself to a language-related reward once you achieve them. Lacking motivation? Get inspired with these fun tips that will have you kicking all your excuses to the curb. The more fun you have, the easier it will be to keep that New Year’s resolution.


Start working on your resolution now with Mango 

A woman learns French with Mango on her phone.2018 is already shaping up to be a busy year, and you’re going to need a resolution that can fit with your on-the-go lifestyle. Mango’s flexible courses are just what your packed schedule needs. Learn at any time, in any location (that’s right, you can conjugate from anywhere in the world), and pick up right where you left off after taking a weekend break. Throw in a few of our top tips designed to help you keep your language learning resolutions in the new year, and you’ll be unstoppable.

Not sure where to start? Choose one of our most popular languages: Mandarin, Spanish or French. Besides boasting the highest number of native speakers around the world, these three are among the most in-demand languages that employers look for when hiring. Or, pick one of Mango’s more than 70 other world language courses.

Click the button below to choose a language, then create a profile to start your first lesson for free. Now that’s something worth toasting!


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Topics: Language Learning and Culture

Britta Wilhelmsen

Written by Britta Wilhelmsen

Britta is a University of Michigan graduate, currently living and working in the vibrant city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. When she's not busy teaching English to business professionals or writing for Mango, you can find her enjoying the sun in one of Buenos Aires' beautiful parks and/or studying Spanish in her free time. Like many mangos, she believes that language consistently makes life more colorful.

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