Little known facts about ... New Year’s resolutions

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To resolve ... what does that mean? To resolve by definition means to loosen, undo or settle. We can see this meaning in the word resolution in the sense of “an explanation or a solution.” So, with a new year, we are offered in a sense new starts and a new path.

• The top New Year’s resolutions include weight loss, exercise, quitting smoking and better money management.
• Just 8% of people who make them will still be committed to them by the end of the year.
• Nearly 40% said that the number one reason they couldn’t follow through was their need to juggle too many other activities.
• Women are more likely to make resolutions than men; 52% of women versus 48% of men, but men tend to be better working toward their goals, from 7-17% higher compared to their female counterparts.
• Actually, August tends to be the best month of following through on new commitments, while January is hands-down the worst.
• The older you get, the harder it becomes to ditch certain habits or bad behaviors. Middle age is when people start to slow down on their resolution making. When asked how likely they were to make a resolution in the new year, 54% of people under age 45 said very likely, compared to the 37% of these aged 45 and up.
• Globally, resolutions vary around the world; health-related resolutions predominate in the U.S. and Egypt. Australia and Japan are looking for love, while in Russia, education is the top priority. In India, career goals are the king.
• On average, 80% of New Year's resolutions fail by the second week of February. Good habits, especially ones drastically different from the typical lifestyles, are hard to get started and even harder to keep. Research shows that on average, it takes approximately 66 days for a habit to become automatic.
• The first New Year’s resolutions date back 4,000 years ago to ancient Babylon.
• Persistence pays off ... of those who successfully achieved their top resolution, 40% of them did so on the first attempt. The rest made multiple tries, with 17% finally succeeding after more than six attempts.

Sources: holidays.thefuntimesguide.com, creditdonkey.com, Google

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