Happy new year to all our students and friends!
This blog is about New Year's 'Resolutions', but what is a resolution and when did people start making them?
What is a New Year's Resolution?
When we make a resolution in January, we are making a promise to ourselves to change something about our lives. Sometimes this can mean trying to stop doing something that we don't want to do anymore, for example smoking or drinking alcohol, but it can also mean starting something new, for example a new hobby or sport.
When did people start making Resolutions?
People started making New Year's resolutions thousands of years ago. For example, the Romans made promises to the god Janus at the start of every year. Does Janus sound like another word? That's right! January is named after Janus.
Let's take a look at ten of the most popular New Year's Resolutions:
How many people make Resolutions?
Of course nobody knows exactly how many people make New Year's Resolutions, but it's likely that between 40% and 50% of people make a resolution every year.
Do resolutions work?
The answer to this question is yes and no! In a 2007 study, 88% of people failed their resolutions! This looks very high, but you are still much more likely to make positive changes in your life if you make a plan. Most people who fail their resolution don't make it easy to measure. For example, it is better to say "My goal this year is to lose 1kg every month," instead of "My goal this year is to lose 12kgs." Having small regular goals is much easier to plan and check than having one very big goal in the future.
What English Resolutions can I make?
It's a good idea to make a resolution about your English study in January, but what kind of resolution should you make?
Try to spend fifteen or twenty minutes using English every day! This could be watching English movies or dramas, reading or listening to online news in English, listening to English music, writing a diary in English or listening to an English podcast on the bus on the way to work. Just twenty minutes every day equals about five days of studying English every year!
Good luck with your resolutions!
Please let us know what resolutions you make this year - we'd love to hear about them.