New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year!

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We hope 2015 is going well for you so far! What traditions do you have in your country when a new year begins? Do you eat special foods? Do you have a party? In the United States, people make New Year’s Resolutions. A resolution is a decision or a plan to do something in a new or different way. People believe that a new year is a good opportunity to make changes in their lives. Some of the most common resolutions are:

  1. Lose Weight
  2. Eat Healthy Food
  3. Save Money
  4. Pay Off Credit Cards
  5. Quit Smoking
  6. Volunteer to Help Others
  7. Get a Better Job
  8. Get an Education
  9. Take a Trip
  10. Try a New Hobby

Unfortunately, many people make plans in January, but give up quickly. In January, gyms make a lot of money because new people join, but by the end of February, many of those people have stopped going to the gym regularly. In January, people volunteer once or twice, but then many of them don’t volunteer again for the rest of the year.

Americans know that New Year’s Resolutions are rarely successful, yet every year, they try again.

Your Turn

Leave a comment with your answers to these questions:

  • Why do you think Americans make New Year’s Resolutions every year?
  • Do people in your country do this?
  • What resolutions will you make for 2015?