How surprised should we be that ‘exercising more’, ‘eating healthier,’ and ‘saving money’ are high on the list of new year’s resolutions, at least according to the YouGov market research and data analytics people?
Perhaps not very, since there’s no point in making a resolution that isn’t positive, or calculated to momentarily impress market research and data analytics people.
Who owns up to resolutions to eat unhealthily, smoke more, and buy stuff we don’t need with money we don’t have?
Learning skills for work and new languages and taking on additional hobbies are also on the list in Ireland, along with spending more time on ‘self-development’, which might entail meditation and mindfulness, if there’s any time to spare after getting that customer service skills certificate, learning to paint like Vincent van Gogh, and achieving fluency in Mandarin Chinese.
In contrast, the survey in Russia found a conspicuous interest not in healthier living, but in travelling.
Let us hope this is not a warning sent by members of Russia’s armed forces.
The resolutions made by TDs and civil servants have yet to be revealed. Staying well away from hotel swings, not voting on behalf of one’s absent colleagues, and checking the size of machines they buy might be among them.