The New Year has arrived and with that: New Years resolutions!
The reason why people use significant dates, e.g. the beginning of a new year, is to attach new meanings to the significant date in the hope that the attachment will sustain over time.
In short: New Year = New Beginnings.
Entering the New Year is related to the mythical God of early Rome, Janus, who is responsible for ‘doorways’, which include beginnings and endings. So, naturally the New Year makes people reflect about the past and the future and therefore some people set themselves objectives, often described as New Years Resolutions.
As you start thinking about your own New Years Resultions here are some of the most popular New Years Resolutions - and yes, health and wellness make up the majority.
Most Popular New Years Resolutions
1. Lose weight and eat healthily
This is the number one New Years resolution round the world!
After ending the year with lots of food (e.g. turkey, mince pies, Christmas cakes etc.) it’s only natural to want to lose weight!
2. Stop smoking
According to the British Medical Association, each year over 81,400 deaths in those aged 35 years and over are caused by smoking. If that isn’t a good enough reason to quit, I don’t know what is!
3. Stop drinking / drink less
According to the World Health Organisation, 62% of adults globally obstained from alcohol in the past year. If more than half of the world can do it, so can you!
4. Become fit, attend fitness classes
According to research, adults consume approximately 7,000 calories on Christmas Day alone. Its any wonder that getting fit is one of the most popular new years resolutions!
5. Spend less and save more
According to digital marketing trends and statistics, as much as 40% of annual sales are concentrated in the late two months of the year. January must be a popular month to start saving!
6. Find new work
CBS News recently released a report showing that only 45% of Americans are satisfied with their work. Yikes!
7. Find a life partner/fall in love
Contrary to popular belief, statistics actually show that most people fall in love with someone they have known for a while.
8. Be more organised
With the busy lives we live, being organised is a great way to stay on top of the chaos and still make time to have fun.
9. Learn something new (e.g. dancing, a foreign language etc)
A review of studies in Psychological Science found that spreading our learning is far more effective than cramming. So don’t be hard on yourself if you can’t speak fluent Spanish within the first 3 weeks of study!
10. Spend more time with loved ones and the family
Christmas and New Years celebrations are usually centred around our family and friends, making it a great reminder to make more time for our loved ones in the year ahead.