Most Popular New Year’s Resolutions
It’s that time of year again! We’ve all had our fill of family gatherings and huge, indulgent holiday meals, and it’s time to get serious. The New Year’s holiday is celebrated in many different ways around the world, and about 45% of Americans vow to improve their lives in some way. Here’s a look at the most popular self-improvement endeavors made every year.
Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for 2015
- Lose Weight
- Get Organized
- Save More Money
- Enjoy Life More
- Stay Fit and Healthy
- Learn Something Exciting
- Quit Smoking
- Help Others Achieve Their Dreams
- Fall in Love
- Spend More Time with Family
Origins of the New Year’s Tradition
While New Year’s Resolutions have been a tradition in America since the Great Depression, it’s roots can be traced back to Roman times. Each year, Romans made promises to Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions, which some believe is the basis of the name “January.” It’s most common in the Western Hemisphere, but can be found in parts of the Eastern Hemisphere, as well. The ancient Babylonians also had a tradition of making promises to their gods to return borrowed items and pay their debts.
More Facts on New Year’s Resolutions
Of all the resolutions that people make, about 47% are self-improvement or education-related, 38% are weight-related, 34% are money-related and 31% are relationship-related. Studies have shown that regardless of what your goals are, people who explicitly state their goals in the form of a resolution are ten times more likely to achieve their goals than people who don’t. While it’s true that many resolutions don’t stick for very long, there are ways you can help yourself be more successful, including recording your progress, making resolutions with friends and family members, and getting back on the horse if you happen to fall off.