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Sixty seconds on . . . New Year resolutions

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i6845 (Published 30 December 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6845
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. London

Made any New Year resolutions?

Not really. I follow Oscar Wilde: “Their origin is pure vanity. Their result is absolutely nil.”

Bit harsh, surely?

Possibly, but the psychological literature isn’t terribly encouraging. One study showed that 22% of people who made them admitted failure after only a week, 40% at a month, 50% at three months, and 81% after two years. Most likely the real figures were even …

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