Welsh Witterings: Happy New Year & Resolutions
It seems that in the blink of an eye 2018 has arrived and it is certain that many New Years Resolutions will already have been made and broken. Every Year it seems that we are compelled to pledge the casting off of bad habits and the introduction of good ones, but it is easy to abandon our good intentions once the daily grind kicks in.
I must confess that I don’t always make New Year Resolutions, but this year I have and I am hoping to beat the statistics and achieve them. My resolutions for 2018 are quite simple and in order of priority they go:
- To write more recipes and blog about them
- To get my writing and photographic studio set up
- Write more reviews for family travel
- To complete my seasonal cookery book that I started penning many moons ago
- To generally write more
If I manage to achieve my 2018 goals then it seems that I will be in the minority of New Year’s resolutions successes as a 2007 study from the University of Bristol found that 88 per cent of people who make New Year’s resolutions fail. However, research by private health company Bupa was slightly more positive and found that just 63 per cent of people failed in 2015. According to researchers the most common reasons for failing were setting unrealistic goals (35%), not keeping track of progress (33%) and forgetting (23%). Well, so far I can say that I am making progress, although I must confess with three young children in the house and another on the way making time to write can be a battle.
Making New Year’s resolutions is certainly not a new thing indeed this tradition can be traced back to ancient times. Babylonians, an ancient culture from the country which we now know as Iraq, used to make promises to the gods at the start each year – to return borrowed objects and pay their debts. The Ancient Romans used to begin each year by making promises to Janus – the God after whom the month of January is named. Whilst, in Medieval England, knights used to take ‘peacock vows’ at the end of the Christmas season, to confirm their commitment to chivalry. Today, New Years resolutions are most likely to focus on self-improvement and health and indeed a survey in 2016 showed weight loss as being one of the mot popular resolutions. Whilst we can all start off with good intentions, sometimes sticking to that January health plan can prove tricky, especially as the cold weather nips and comfort food calls.
Most popular New Year Resolutions in the last decade:
- To lose weight
- To exercise more
- To eat more healthily
- To quit smoking
- To drink less alcohol (or stick to Dry January)
- To stop biting your nails
- To save money/reduce debt
- To get a new job
- To start your own business
- To get a better education
- To learn a new language/musical instrument
- To spend less time watching TV/playing video games
- To take a trip
- To volunteer with a charity
- To make new friends
- To settle down, get married or have kids
Well, whether or not you have pledged to ditch bad habits or adopt a new regime, I wish you all a very happy New Year as I cross my fingers for keeping my own 2018 resolutions.