Sure it has now become a meaningless routine that is forgotten two months into the New Year. But nevertheless you’re not considered as somebody serious about life unless you sit down before a fresh new dawn, reflect back on the year that was and jot down some resolutions for the one ahead.
It is easy to judge a person based on his resolution, as most people resolve to change the one thing about themselves that they missed most during the past year. Thus making ‘Losing Weight’, ‘Spending more time with family’ and ‘Doing Something Exciting’ (be it bungee jumping, skydiving or swimming with sharks) some of the most popular resolutions people make year after year.
In fact, in a recent survey conducted by Qatar Chronicle, more than 70% Asians listed ‘Finding more time for loved ones/family’ as a prioritised resolution. And a massive 66% consider themselves overweight and list Fitness associated activities among their resolutions.
The pressures and monotony of modern life is another factor influencing resolutions with 45% of people wanting to travel more and/or be more adventurous. Followed by 33% who wanted to ‘Kick the Habit’ ( i.e.; get rid of an addiction), common among them smokers and alcoholics.
12 % of the respondents listed ‘Getting More Organized’ as a resolution and 10% wanted to ‘Learn/Read more’
In addition 7% listed ‘Getting out of Debt/Better Employment’ as a resolution although this varies from country to country from over 35% in most developing and poor nations to a meagre 0.9% in our Qatar.
Listed below are some of the most popular resolutions for 2013…And although my personal pledge of writing more human interest stories for Qatar Chronicle doesn’t make the list; a long time wish to ‘travel the world’ finds its place among the top ten !
- Spend time with family
- Reconnect with old friends
- Lose weight
- Go on an adventure (Extreme sports, Sky diving and bungee jumping most popular among them)
- Operation ‘Six Pack’ (Men) /Mission ‘Size Zero’ (Women)
- Quit Smoking
- Travel the World
- Get more organized
- Party More
- Spend less time on Facebook
- Get a Job/Change Jobs
- Save more money
- Stay away from alcohol
- Get out of Debt
- Watch less TV
- Master Photography
- Contribute to charity
- Read more often
- Re-decorate home/office
- Learn a new skill
- Do one good deed everyday
- Buy a dream car/home
- Find my Soulmate
- Call more often than Text/Message
- Revamp my wadrobe
So wish you a Happy New Year, Dear Readers from all of us here at Qatar Chronicle…. And don’t forget to post your resolutions on our forum.
Bye…see you next year :* Mwuaaah!