Do you make New Year’s resolutions every year? What do you tend to vow to do or not to do in the New Year? Do those who make resolutions meet their goals with greater ease than those who don’t? Making resolutions at the start of a new year is something that has been around since time I immemorial however there is not much statistical proof that those who make resolutions necessarily carry through with them.


New Year’s resolutions are popular in western culture and there is a variety of different things that people resolve to do or not to do in the upcoming year. Sometimes resolutions are related to do with a person’s well-being. Oftentimes, these resolutions have to do with losing weight or doing regular exercise. The desire to quit smoking is also high on the list of something people vow to quit. Other popular vows in the United States include the idea of saving more money or to have better time management.


According to the Statistic Brain website, the most popular resolutions in the USA last were:


1)    Lose weight

2)    Get organised

3)    Spend less, save more


Do you think that resolutions in Spain follow the same pattern? Have you ever vowed to do any of the things above?

A study by Richard Wiseman in 2007 claimed that 88% of the 3000 people who participated said they failed at meeting the goals they set with their new year’s resolution despite being confident that they would succeed when they made the resolution.

Men who set small, measurable goals tended to have more success than those who made ‘general’ vows (for example, to lose weight). The study also demonstrated that women who made their goals public tended to be more successful thanks to help and support received from friends and family. According to Frank Ra, “Peer support makes a difference in success rate with the new year’s resolutions”.

Here are some statistics from the Statistic Brain website:

News Years Resolution Statistics Data
Percent of Americans who usually make New Year’s Resolutions 45%
Percent of Americans who infrequently make New Year’s Resolutions 17%
Percent of Americans who absolutely never make New Year’s Resolutions 38%
Percent of people who are successful in achieving their resolution 8%
Percent who have infrequent success 49%
Percent who never succeed and fail on their resolution each year 24%

Are you willing to share your resolutions for 2015? Do you think you will attain your goals?

Source of data:


New Year’s Resolution from Wikipedia


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