What’s Your New Year’s Resolution?

Here are some of the popular ones

Posted on: 08/01/2016   By: Lee Rance

First of all I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. For this week’s blog I thought I would stay with the New Year theme. I know it’s not Health and Safety related but it is quite interesting. My New Year’s resolution this year, as it is every year, is to lose weight and get fit but January 1st is probably the worst time to start this because of the amount of food and drink that we still have left over after Christmas. It’s a fact that the average New Year resolution lasts less than a month before it’s broken.


The most popular New Year’s resolutions are weight loss, quit smoking, quit drinking, find love, happiness and money. However a recent survey carried out in the US had these as the most popular:

  1. Enjoy life to the fullest (45.7%)
  2. Live a healthier lifestyle (41.1%)
  3. Lose weight (39.6%)
  4. Spend more time with family and friends (33.2%)
  5. Save more, spend less (30.1%)
  6. Pay off debt (27.5%)

Alternatively I found this list on the UNICEF website which states ‘new research shows that for more than 6 in 10 people in the UK, 2016 will be the year they start doing more good deeds.’ Their list contains the following:

  1. To try to feel a bit more fulfilled
  2. To be there more for friends and family
  3. Be more sociable
  4. To do more good deeds
  5. More early nights
  6. Put more time into my relationship
  7. To try to be less wrapped up in my own day-to-day life
  8. Be more selfless
  9. Less time spent on social media
  10. Less focus on work
  11. Be more neighbourly

On doing further research I found a top 50 list which contained a very weird selection of resolutions, some of these revolved around mobile phones:

  • Take fewer selfies
  • Stop looking at your phone when eating
  • Spend less time playing ‘Angry Birds’ or ‘Candy Crush’ type games
  • Spend less time checking your phone
  • Set reminders on your phone to stop forgetting things

Others were just a bit weird:

  • Plant a herb garden
  • Eat more avocadoes/quinoa/whatever healthy food is currently fashionable
  • Don’t get sucked into sales events such as Black Friday
  • Stop posting on social media after you have been drinking
  • To perfect a photo pose
  • Create a ‘smarter home’

I think of all the New Year’s resolution above, the UNICEF list are the ones we should all be aiming for, If we did the world would be a better place.

Good luck to all of you who have made New Year’s resolutions and I hope you can persevere with them.

Until next time.

Lee Rance