How New Year’s Resolutions Vary by Country

January 1 is the start of many people’s resolutions – promises for the New Year to improve themselves in some way. You may be surprised to learn that the most popular New Year’s resolutions vary by country, to be sure, but they’re all very similar. Here’s how different countries around the world celebrate their New Year’s resolutions.

United States of America

In this country, resolutions center around striving to get fit and stay fit, or improving life overall. Here are the most common resolutions for Americans, in order:

1. Get healthy, exercise more, eat better
2. Get more organized
3. Live life to the fullest
4. Learn a new hobby
5. Save more and spend less
6. Travel
7. Read more


Brazil isn’t too far off from America in terms of the resolutions they pick. It seems everybody just wants to live healthier, but Brazilians also want to find love. Take a look at the most common in Brazil:

1. Lose weight
2. Eat or drink something new, learn something new, try something new
3. Save money
4. Fall in love
5. Get a more satisfying job
6. Stop smoking
7. Get rid of debt
8. Travel more
9. Be more organized
10. Read more


Self-improvement is at the heart of resolutions in China. While they celebrate their New Year in February, they make resolutions just like the rest of us. The resolutions here are generally to:

1. Become more family oriented (remember, family is considered the foremost primary social group in China)
2. Get fit
3. Lose weight
4. Quit smoking
5. Quit drinking
6. Control spending
7. Become debt-free
8. Learn something new


In Japan, spending more time with family topped the list, just as it did in China. The Japanese also value time with family as a top priority.

Overall, the top resolutions in Japan are:

1. Read more
2. Spend more time with family
3. Lose weight
4. Save money
5. Quit smoking
6. Learn something new, learn new language
7. Drink less
8. Exercise more
9. Eat better/go on a diet

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