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Only 44 Percent Of Americans Made New Year’s Resolutions

I’ve been working with NPR to discuss a number of the week. This time it’s 44 — the percentage of Americans who said in December that they’ll probably make a new year’s resolution for 2015. But research suggests that most of them will fail in their goals before the year is through. Speaking with NPR’s Weekend Edition team, I explored the most common new year’s resolutions (shown in the chart below) and whether failure deters people from trying again next January.

Have a listen and tell us what you think in the comments. You can also read more about our start-of-the-year promises. And if you’re not already sick of hearing it, happy new year!


Mona Chalabi is data editor at the Guardian US, and a columnist at New York Magazine. She was previously a lead news writer for FiveThirtyEight.