Changes in New Year's Resolutions for 2021

Measure Protocol
December 30, 2020

Last week, we used our QuickAnswers solution to ask more than 2,200 people from the U.S., U.K. and Canada about their plans for making 2021 New Year's resolutions. With so much upheaval over the past few months, many have been looking forward with anticipation to the calendar change from 2020 to 2021. Is this attitude changing the way people are approaching New Year's resolutions?

Our study says "yes." The global crisis has influenced the outlook of many people regarding what is important for the coming months. Forty-one percent of our respondents indicated that the pandemic has impacted how they are approaching their New Year's resolutions in a positive way.

Twenty-four percent who rarely or never make resolutions plan to do so this year, with many respondents typing in specifics about their plans to lose weight, exercise more and take up healthy habits. We received responses from the very specific ("To play/practice music every single day for the entire 365") to the more aspirational ("To be honest with myself about who I am, and be myself"). 

The unwelcome changes brought on by 2020 have spurred a whole host of shifts in behaviors and sentiments around the world. As people look to the New Year, they are bringing some of this change into the way they are approaching their resolutions. The data from our study clearly shows that people are taking their New Year's resolutions seriously for 2021. Statistics show that in the past, only 25% of people keep their resolutions...guess we'll have to wait and see if this number improves during a New Year like no other! 

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