Making a New Year’s resolution is part of how Filipinos celebrate the year-end. The custom is in line with the spirit of the new year, which is change. So, many also want to get rid of bad habits or do something new in the coming year.
Based on surveys, the 10 most common resolutions are: to lose weight and get something new, to eat healthier and diet, to get out of debt and save money, to spend more time with family, to travel to new places, to be less stressed, to volunteer and to drink less.
However, Filipinos are notorious for their ningas kugon attitude. They start something but never finish the work. And this is always the culprit why they don’t keep their New Year’s promises to themselves.
The Fourth Quarter 2019 Social Weather Stations (SWS) conducted from 13 to 16 December reinforces this reality. SWS found that many or 19 percent of those who made resolutions for 2019 said a few of them have been or will be fulfilled, while only three percent said otherwise.
The figure is even lower than in the 2017 survey wherein 23 percent of those who said they made resolutions saw only a few of them fulfilled versus six percent who said all or nearly all promises had been fulfilled.
The next question would be why insist on making New Year’s resolutions that will likely be unfulfilled. The answer would be the Filipinos’ adage summed up in these words: try and try until you succeed.