Are Americans Done With New Year’s Resolutions?

In This Episode:

Many Americans see New Years as a time to reflect on the past year and set resolutions for the coming one, but over the last two years there’s been a dramatic decline in those making New Year’s resolutions. In this podcast, we will explore data from our State of the Health wellness tracker on Americans’ attitudes towards New Year’s resolutions. Stay tuned for insights!

Key Takeaways:

  • How many Americans are making New Year’s resolutions?
  • Discussing the drastic decline of resolution making.
  • What are Americans’ top New Year’s resolutions?
  • How shifting attitudes in Americans’ is leading to new wellness trends.


“In 2022, we saw 32% of Americans aged 13 and up making New Year’s resolutions…this is essentially the same as last year 2021…So in 2020, we had about half of people making resolutions…And then in 2019 62% said that they made a resolution. So this is a really steep drop off.” – Sarah Marion

“The Omicron variant hit at a time when we would have started to really think about what our resolutions are and how to move forward and make a fresh start in 2022. And it was almost impossible to do that with more things shutting down and the need for more testing and the inability to find tests. So I think it made us much more reclusive in the new year.” – Maggie Bright

“We looked at the General Social Survey that the University of Chicago runs every year. And this is the first time since the start of this study in the 70s, more Americans say they’re unhappy than say they’re happy…And those 40 years include, you know, a lot of different periods of problems, but we’ve never seen more unhappy people.” – Chuck Murphy

“We see this more like holistic engagement with the with health and with fitness and nutrition and whether that translates to wellness or mindfulness…so it’s interesting to see how there does seem to be this fundamental shift in like, I do need to take care of myself or, you know, invest in other areas of my life beyond just work and finance and things like that. So I think that the benefit that we hope to get from resolutions may be happening…without the resolution, which is very promising.” – Maggie Bright