Sixty seconds on . . . New Year resolutionsBMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i6845 (Published 30 December 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6845
- Nigel Hawkes
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 …