The Most Popular New Year’s Resolutions People Are Making (And Breaking!)

Did you know that 44 per cent of people break their New Year’s Resolutions in the first six months? Yup, its true!

By The Weekly | December 27, 2017

With every new year comes a chance to renew our resolve to live well, be healthy and strive for deeper, more meaningful connections.

Here’s a look at some popular New Year’s resolutions, and the ones that most of us will not follow through on:


10. Learn a new language
Learning a new language is a good idea and this resolution ranks among those that quite a high percentage of people actually keep. Especially if they choose a language that is not that difficult to learn.


9. Get more sleep
Sleeping is a crucial factor affecting our physical as well as our mental wellbeing and it is well known that too many people have some kind of sleeping problem or disorder. Generally, doctors say we should sleep anywhere between 6 and 8 hours.


8. Spend less time on Facebook
Sometimes a part of the procrastination habit, spending too much time on Facebook and other social network channels is a considerable problem for a surprising number of people these days. But even if they admit they have this issue, it can be very difficult for them to reduce the time spent on the site.


7. Spend less time watching TV
This resolution might be easier to keep now than it used to be but this statistic is misleading. The only reason why people are willing to cut their TV time is because they can watch the same things online.


6. Get rid of old clothes
The main problem with this resolution is that some people find themselves emotionally attached to clothes, especially their favourite old pieces.


5. Exercise more
Every year, millions of people all over the world resolve to exercise much more than they did the year before. Unfortunately, the enthusiasm is very often replaced with comfort and laziness.


4. Run a half or full marathon
Marathons have become very popular in recent years. Some of us might even have friends who have successfully completed one, which might encourage some of us to try and do the same.


3. Try an extreme sport
What prevents most of us from keeping this resolution is not our laziness nor lack of time. It’s lack of courage. Just a very small percentage of people are brave enough to stand on a bungee jumping platform and an even smaller percentage of them can actually jump.


2. Do something for charity
It has been statistically proven that during Christmas, donations are several times higher than at any other time of the year. But once the holiday is over, our generosity decreases considerably!


1. Have a baby
Well, to have a baby is not a New Year resolution that everybody makes but it can be a topical subject in a surprisingly high number of families. Especially in developed countries, couples tend to postpone parenthood to a later age for various reasons, such as career and fear of parental responsibilities.



Top 10 Commonly Broken New Year’s Resolutions
And these are the resolutions most often forgotten…

Lose weight and get fit
Quit smoking
Learn something new
Eat healthier and diet
Get out of debt and save money
Spend more time with family
Travel to new places
Be less stressed
Drink less

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