Millions of Americans set resolutions, 8 percent keep them

A New Years resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western World but also found in the Eastern World, in which a person resolves to continue good practices, change an undesired trait or behavior, accomplish a personal goal, or otherwise improve their life at the start of a new year.

A New Year’s resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western World but also found in the Eastern World, in which a person resolves to continue good practices, change an undesired trait or behavior, accomplish a personal goal, or otherwise improve their life at the start of a new year.

The new year is right around the corner and many people are starting to think about their new year’s resolutions for 2022.
According to History.com, the ancient Babylonians are said to have been the first people to make New Year’s resolutions, around 4,000 years ago. They were also the first to hold recorded celebrations in honor of the new year. Though for them, the year began not in January, but in mid-March, when the crops were planted.
Every year, people around the world make New Year resolutions to reach their goals, improve their health, and better their lives in some way. While many people are successful at keeping their resolutions, many others fail.
“Of those who make a New Year’s resolution, after one week 75% are still successful in keeping it,” discoverhappyhabits.com said. “And after six months, 46% of people who make a resolution are still successful in keeping it.”
Many statistics show that people have a hard time actually keeping their resolutions and not actually making them.
“I think people make new year’s resolutions because it’s a trend every year and they see everyone else making one so they feel obligated to do so,” senior Patrica Orozco said.
There are so many different varieties of resolutions people choose to do, but they vary from person to person depending on a person’s lifestyle.
“I don’t want to be so fat, and I’m going to try and use my Peloton instead of stare at it in my living room,” math teacher Steve Durant said.
As stated in a study by Ipsos for Urban Plates, the most popular New Year’s resolutions are managing finances better, eating healthier, being more active, losing weight, improving mental well-being, and improving social connections.
“My new year’s resolution is to keep being myself because I don’t want other people’s perception of me to change who I really am,” junior Javarri Watts said.
A 1977 study that compared New Year resolutions from middle-class American children with Amish children found that the Amish kids tended to focus on activities that would help them achieve their goals. The middle-class American kids tended to focus on results.
As reported by uabmedicine.org, there are some key things to remember before setting goals for the new year. Start with specific micro-goals and for the right reasons not just because. They also stated you should document your progress as you go and it never hurts to ask others to keep you accountable for your actions.
As of 2022, weight loss isn’t a popular goal for many and instead many people want to focus on their mental health and make it more of a priority.
“Mental health is really important especially with the weather change and I think everyone should take their feelings into consideration and come into touch with themselves and start the new year right,” senior Angel Gibson said.