Have you broken your new year resolutions already?

Every year many of us set personal goals and commitments to mark the start of the new year and a new beginning. But where do resolutions come from? Why do we set them? How successful are we at sticking to them?

New year’s resolutions began at the time of the ancient Babylonians, who made promises to their Gods at the start of each year to pay off their debts. The tradition continued and evolved over time.

The Romans began each year by making promises to the God Janus, for whom the month of January is named.

In Medieval times Knights took a vow to re-affirm their commitment to chivalry

During Judaism’s New Year, Rosh Hashanah, through the high holidays culminating in Yom Kippur, followers reflect upon their wrongdoings over the year and seek forgiveness.

Regardless of creed or culture the concept  is self-improvement.

So how successful are we at sticking to resolutions? A 2007 university study by Richard Wiseman says we are pretty bad at sticking to them. The survey which consisted of 3,000 people concluded that 88 per cent of those who set New Year’s resolutions fail, at the start of the study 52 per cent of the participants were confident of success, one year later only 12 per cent achieved their goal.

Men were more likely to succeed when engaging with their goal, or focusing on the reward associated with achieving their goal, however women were more likely to succeed when they told friends and family about their goal and were encouraged not to give up.

This year, share your new year resolutions at www.thedistrictpost.co.uk or email us at newsdesk@thedistrictpost.co.uk

Some ideas for New Year’s resolutions:

  1. Improve finances
  2. Improve your organisational skills
  3. Try new foods and discover new cultures
  4. Improve your education, learn something new
  5. Pick up The District Post every Friday

 Tips to stick to your goals

  1. Make only one resolution
  2. Take some time beforehand to think about what you really want to achieve
  3. Don’t re-visit a previously resolution
  4. Be as specific as possible with your aim
  5. Focus on creating goals which are measurable, achievable, realistic and time based
  6. Focus on how much better life will be for you and others around you when you achieve your goal
  7. Tell your friends, family, and colleagues about your resolution, they will give you helpful nudges and help towards achieving your goal
  8. Be persistent, everyone slips up from time to time but don’t allow this to make you give up.

 SOURCE: http://www.quirkology.com/UK/Experiment_resolution.shtml

 Top 5 most popular resolutions

  1.  Do more excercise
  2. Lose weight
  3. Eat more healthily
  4. Take up or restart a hobby/activity
  5. Learn a new skill

According to Which.co.uk

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