Facts about New Year's Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions. We all make them and most of us break them. Resolutions tend to range from starting something new or stopping a bad habit. Here are some interesting facts about New Year’s Resolutions.

Losing weight is the most common New Year’s Resolution

We bet that you saw this one coming. After eating and drinking at Christmas and New Year’s, unsurprisingly, trying to lose the pounds is at the top of most British people’s lists, according to a 2017 poll.

The ancient Babylonians made the first New Year’s Resolutions

According to Historians, it was possibly the ancient Babylonians that started this tradition, about 4,000 years ago. The ancient Babylonians celebrated the New Year on the first new moon, after the spring equinox. During the festival, the Babylonians made resolutions, such as keeping themselves in good standing with the gods and remembering to return borrowed farm equipment.

Dry January is helping people stick to their resolutions

Each month is now dedicated to a special cause. Dry January has become a social pledge to abstain from drinking alcohol for a month. According to recent polls, over 3.1 million people pledged to take part in Dry January for 2018, with an increasing number of people using Dry January as a boost to reduce or stop drinking as their New Year’s Resolution, therefore sticking to it.

Most UK resolutions consist of stopping something negative

This could be a case of us all living up to the reserved Brit stereotype, but according to various polls, the UK’s top resolutions are often: eat less, stop smoking, spend less money and drink less. This is in the reverse in America, whose top resolutions are more positive and include: enjoy life to the fullest, travel more and ask for a raise at work.

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