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New Year's Resolutions

Updated on January 3, 2016

New Year's Eve has always been a time for looking back to the past, and more importantly, a time to look forward to the coming year. The end of a year pushes us to reflect on what we have achieved during the finishing year and to plan the changes we want to make for the coming one. However, many resolutions go unachieved and are often broken fairly shortly after they are set.

Among the most common New Year resolutions, we find:

1) Spend More Time With Family.

2) Do More Exercise

3) Lose weight.

4) Stop smoking.

5) Enjoy life more.

6) Stop drinking alcohol.

7) Get out of debt.

8) Learn something new.

9) Help others.

10) Get organized.

A 2007 study by Richard Wiseman from the University of Bristol involving 3,000 people showed that 88% of those who set New Year resolutions fail, despite the fact that 52% of the study's participants were confident of success at the beginning.

spend more time with family... Are you sure?
spend more time with family... Are you sure?

1) Spend More Time With Family.

But why we didn't spend time with the family this year? And why are we going to force ourselves to do it next year?. Most people who really enjoy spending time with their families will do it anyway. They will always put family first. Only those who get bored, fed up or cannot stand their relatives are the ones who need to be reminded that they need to spend more time with them.

My advice is, that if you were happy last year doing something else but being with your family... do it again next year! No point in making yourself unhappy just to fill in the so-called ‘quality time'.

Two New Year's Resolutions Postcards

 one on left is published by "Chatauqua Press", as stated near the bottom of the card in tiny type.   Date	according to store Web page: one mailed in 1915, one is undivided back (published 1901 to 1907 under US postal regs), left is copyrighted 1909
one on left is published by "Chatauqua Press", as stated near the bottom of the card in tiny type. Date according to store Web page: one mailed in 1915, one is undivided back (published 1901 to 1907 under US postal regs), left is copyrighted 1909 | Source

2) Do More Exercise

This is a classic. You have survived all the Christmas parties, you have eaten like there's no tomorrow, and now nothing fits you for new year's eve. First response: Next year I will exercise more. In fact, you will only dance the night away the 31st and after that, you will be so exhausted that the only exercise you do will be eyelid exercises in front of the TV.

3) Lose weight.

The same as the above. Nothing fits after all the Christmas chocolate, foie gras, wine and beer. So next year, after new year's eve dinner you will start your diet programme!!! We all have been through this one year after year... and we're still overweight!

Laura Hayden talks about breaking new years resolutions. Get your daily dose of great Stand Up Comedy

4) Stop smoking.

Now, if you never stopped smoking a few months after you started, if you continued smoking as soon as your baby was born, and never stopped when your uncle died of lung cancer... forget it!

5) Enjoy life more.

So what have you been doing until now?

6) Stop drinking alcohol.

This is my favourite one after the new year's party!! Don't we all go through this one after two days celebrating the new year, when we are staring at the toilet bowl?

7) Get out of debt.

Translate this one as find a rich husband or wear last season's clothes again!

8) Learn something new.

Have you vowed to make this year the year to learn something new? Perhaps you are considering a career change, want to learn a new language, or just how to fix your computer? Or perhaps you just want to learn where are going to be the new hot spots for 2008? Or, going back to your previous resolution, learn how to find a rich husband?

9) Help others.

A popular, non-selfish New Year's resolution. But, shouldn't have you been doing that up to now? You selfish bug... Maybe you just want to help friends find their way home after the party, or help friends empty their personal bars so they can keep to resolution number 6 stop - drinking alcohol!

10) Get organized.

This is one of the most popular resolutions made every year. Organization can be a very reasonable goal. You will need organization to keep to your other 9 resolutions. Why do you think you have never kept to them before?

Top 10 Most Commonly Broken New Year's Resolutions


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      Dr. Boonlert Saisanit, Ph.D. 

      10 years ago

      Very good New Year's Resolutions

      I am very appreciatied on becoming a New Mind in and Old Body that Look Stronger, Healthier and Happier in an Ole World full of diseases and problems

      From Dr. Boonlert Saisanit, Hypnotherapist in Bangkok,Thailand

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      Ethel Smith 

      10 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Stopped making resolutions years ago. Too much pressure

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      11 years ago from Switzerland

      Pricessa, that's quite a list, either you've been a very bad girl up to now, and need to catch up urgently, or you're trying to do too much at the time? Take just ONE of these resolutions and maybe add a second one - It'll be much easier to actually pull through! I've made a hub on New Years resolution a few days ago, you'll find a few good tips there too.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      11 years ago from France

      Good tip... Mr. Marmalade!

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      11 years ago from Sydney

      That's why, I make all my resolutions on my birthday.

      I have more tome to make them resolute.

      Thank you

    • Princessa profile imageAUTHOR

      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      11 years ago from France

      Very true Hot Rocks...

      Glad I made you laugh funride :-) are you going to keep to your new year's resolution? I'll be keeping an eye on all those new coming hubs! Regarding my own resolution... I suppose by the 2nd of january I will be staring at the toilet bowl swearing not to over-eat, over-drink, over-dance, over-fun and all that... again!

      Thank goodness new year's resolutions were not meant to last past the first few weeks of January :-)

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      Ricardo Nunes 

      11 years ago from Portugal

      Great hub! It maked me laugh.

      My 2008 resolution!?? Maybe to right more hubs! :)

      And what about yours? ;)

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      Hot Rocks Review 

      11 years ago

      All of this is so true, especially the alcohol one..Nice Hub!


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