Resolution makers, resolution keepers?
While some might say that they do not need New Year’s Eve to finally turn their life around, making resolutions on December 31 is a common, well-liked tradition, especially in the Western world. They are usually meant to contain some kind of improvement or betterment of one’s conduct or life choices. However, these resolutions are not compulsive; only a small share of people who make them actually keep them, according to a Statista survey. They are more like a signal for a new start than an actual catalyst for change.
While they signal a change of choices and behavior, New Year’s resolutions themselves hardly ever change: When comparing past resolutions for 2018 and 2019, for example, it’s obvious that people still just want to be healthy and happy, maybe broaden their horizons, and save up – in general, be a sensible, content adult. This is not only true for Americans – Italians also wish for stable finances and their own and loved ones’ health, as do South Koreans.