The most common New Year’s resolutions for 2018 and how the UAE compares

January 3, 2018 1:35 pm


Some 4000 years ago, Babylonians made promises to their gods in order to gain their favour.

Roman emperor Julius Caesar, year 46BC, established the tradition of making resolutions by making January 1 the beginning of the New Year.

That was then, and this is now.

Martin Armstrong, Data Journalist for Statista  writes that as 2018 starts, many people around the world will be optimistically setting themselves New Year’s resolutions.

He quotes a December 2017 YouGov poll that says the most common aspirations for the coming year in the U.S. are to eat healthier, get more exercise and to save more money.

Nearly 30% of all surveyed were not concerned with making resolutions.

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This graph is courtesy of Statista: www.statista.com

How does the UAE compare?

People are people

Not surprisingly, UAE residents have just about the same reactions as US residents did, with a few  alterations.

Many for example believe that New Year resolutions are just words that people say, and that decisions are made during the year and not before, as dictated by events in their lives.

A quick survey by local UAE media revealed some interesting answers though, for those who do believe in them.“

“Although I try every year to make a resolution or two, I rarely stick to them. There are the usual ones — to eat more healthy, keep fit, stop spending so much on clothes, but this year I want to make a conscious effort to stop worrying about things that haven’t happened and may never happen, and to live in the moment,” says one person.

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“I believe New Year resolutions are made to be broken. This year my resolutions are all about the baby we have and I intend to keep them. We have cut down on personal spending and have resolved to keep our home cleaner for our baby,” says another.

One person wanted to keep fit and healthy and to create and share good music.

One future entrepreneur is planning to open his own tourism company. “It’s going to be a big challenge. I believe that with positive thinking and hard work, I can achieve my goals in 2018. For aspiring entrepreneurs like myself, there is no better place to be other than the UAE.”

But the most common one was about job hunting and finding a high paying position in a company that appreciates the employee.

Good luck with that one.

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Hadi Khatib
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Hadi Khatib is a business editor with more than 15 years' experience delivering news and copy of relevance to a wide range of audiences. If newsworthy and actionable, you will find this editor interested in hearing about your sector developments and writing about it.



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