New Year’s Resolution

Jacob Joseph, Guest Reporter

As Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s spread  joy and happiness throughout the world, there is one thing on top of everyone’s mind: a New Year’s Resolution. No matter how successful, how fun, or how exciting your year was, their will always be something that you need to change.

For students like sophomore Amanda Marshall, her New Year’s resolution is pretty simple.

“My New Year’s Resolution is to eat healthier,” Marshall said. “I’ve been eating too much junk food, and it’s time to put an end to it.”

For others, it’s a little more complicated.

“My New Year’s Resolution is gain more muscle and develop my jump shot,” sophomore Steve Selmani said. “It’ll help me develop my game, and overall be in shape.”

The one bad thing with a New Year’s Resolution is that it’s a promise to yourself. With that, we all know a promise can easily be broken. According to only 8% of people achieve their resolutions.

News Years Resolution Statistics Data
Percent of Americans who usually make New Year’s Resolutions 45%
Percent of Americans who infrequently make New Year’s Resolutions 17%
Percent of Americans who absolutely never make New Year’s Resolutions 38%
Percent of people who are successful in achieving their resolution 8%
Percent who have infrequent success 49%
Percent who never succeed and fail on their resolution each year 24%

“I think people don’t really mean their resolution,” senior Angel Augustitus-Bell said. “They don’t really care for their resolution.”

Once we make up our minds on what our resolution is, it becomes harder and harder to keep up with that resolution.

If your resolution was to not eat junk food, you become more tempted every day to eat that cookie, or that one piece of cake left. Only 46% of resolutions last for more than six months, according to

Length of Resolutions Data
Resolution maintained through first week 75%
Past two weeks 71%
Past one month 64%
Past six months 46%

Now enough on the pessimistic facts. How about a success story? Teacher Edward Wessell was able to actually complete a New Year’s Resolution.

“I wanted to get in shape,” Wessell said. “I gave up drinking pop for a whole year.”

Whether we complete our resolution or not, it seems as if many have become accustomed to at least saying they will complete a resolution.