Internet surveys say we've broken our resolutions already
According to internet survey stats, a third of us in the UK will make New Year resolutions – however two thirds of us who do will break them.
We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but if the internet surveys are anything to go by over half of us will have given up on them by now! 66% of people taking part in the internet survey, who had made a resolution, had given it up within less than a month.
Internet surveys reveal top 10 UK resolutions
YouGov’s internet surveys showed that the majority of people in the UK don’t make any resolutions. However, of those who do, the most popular goals by far were in relation to our personal health and wellbeing. The internet surveys’ top new year goal was to lose weight (with 35% of the vote), which was closely followed by getting fitter and eating more healthily. 15% of people wanted to take more care in their appearance, and 12% wanted to make more time for themselves. Other popular resolutions, according to internet surveys, is to make more time for family and friends (14%) and get a better work/life balance (12%). 11% and 5% respectively also wanted to drink less (or give up) and quit smoking.
But why do we seemingly give up our resolutions so easily? If the internet surveys are right, and two thirds of us are doomed to failure by February, why do we even make them?
Apparently, the tradition of making New Year resolutions dates from 153 BC when the Romans made resolutions in the name of Janus, the two-faced god, whom they thought would forgive their wrongdoings of the previous year by making amends in the year to come. So there you have it – traditionally it has nothing to do with hitting the gym. But of course most now are borne out of good intent and guilt over the Christmas indulgence.
Experts say that in order to give ourselves the best chance of keeping our resolutions is to tackle just one at once, and make an achievable goal. A complete lifestyle overhaul is notoriously difficult to achieve – but by taking small steps we are more likely to continue.
Or just follow the majority of modern Brits and don’t make any. As our ancient ancestors (probably) would have said: There is no breaketh for none who maketh.
Have YOU broken your New Year resolutions? Or have you defied the internet surveys and managed to stay strong? Did you even make any? We’d love to hear from you! Write on our wall or join the discussion on our Facebook page. And don’t forget to have your say in exchange for earning cash with fun paid surveys and online polls at Opinion Outpost UK – where we really don’t mind if you’ve given up the juice diet already!