It’s not long until we say goodbye to 2016 and welcome a new year, and no doubt most of us will already be thinking about how we can improve our lives in 2017 and beyond. Dating back 4,000 years, to when the ancient Babylonians handed gifts to their Gods to mark the beginning of each year, New Year’s resolutions have become a regular fixture in our annual calendars.
Whether it’s eating less chocolate, exercising more or cutting back on frivolous spending, New Year’s resolutions give us a chance to reflect on events of the past year, and find ways to improve our lives in the year ahead.
But, as we all know, most resolutions don’t last through to the second week of January. In fact, last year as many as 45 per cent of Americans said they made a New Year’s resolution, yet only 8 per cent kept them.
Despite the best of intentions, why are we all traditionally so bad at keeping our New Year’s resolutions? Perhaps it’s because we’re focusing on the wrong areas of our lives to improve. Or perhaps it’s because when January hits and we’re in a terrible financial state, stuck inside because of cold weather, and faced with pressures of planning something for the next upcoming holiday – Valentine’s Day – we crumble back into our oh-so comforting ways.
So, to bring a bit of fun to the planning of our New Year’s resolutions, we’ve put together this interactive quiz. We’ve researched some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions and created some alternative translations – can you guess which translation fits each question? Play now!