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25 Feb, 2019   |   

New Year’s Resolutions From Around The World

new year is just around the corner and New Year’s resolutions are top of mind for many. Even though statistics tell us that most people don’t actually keep their New Year’s resolutions, we can at least reflect on what went well (or not so well) this past year and set goals for what’s next. Making resolutions is a popular practice around the globe. Here are some of the most popular ideas to make your 2019 the best year yet!

Learn a New Language

The top 3 countries that see the largest spike in online searches for learning a new language during this time of year are the United States, Brazil and Mexico. Becoming bilingual opens up new possibilities through travel, work, and can also keep your brain sharp making this a worthy New Year’s resolution!


A popular New Year’s resolution in countries like Sweden and Canada, we can’t think of a better way to enrich your life than to take that dream trip you’ve been dreaming about. Thinking about taking a gap year? Maybe this is your year! Read about Up with People’s Gap Year here.

Make a Difference

In Ireland, enjoying life more has been one of the most popular resolutions, according to multiple surveys. But how do people go about doing that? Serving others or finding a way to make a difference in the world is a proven way to boost your quality of life while helping a cause you believe in. Whether you volunteer around the world while traveling or give back to your community at home, this should be on all of our lists for 2019.

Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone

If you are feeling like you are in a rut or not sure which direction to turn, pushing yourself out of your comfort zone can be just the thing you need. Try something new. Meet new people. Listen to other points of view. Personal growth happens outside of your comfort zone so make it a priority this year to push yourself to new limits.

Decrease Screen Time

American adults spend more than 11 hours per day watching, reading, listening to or simply interacting with media, according to a new study by market-research group Nielsen. That’s up from 9 hours and 32 minutes within the last four years. It’s no wonder that in the United States, limiting screen time, has been an increasingly popular New Year’s resolution. Screen time can have negative effects on people’s health and it’s time we do something about it. Make it a point to stare at something else besides your screen in 2019.

Get Fit

Getting fit is without a doubt the most popular New Year’s resolution around the world and no New Year’s resolution list would be complete without it. Find a new way to get fit while having fun to give yourself the most chance of success. Nearly 80% of us who make this resolution won’t see it through the year, but if you create a meaningful plan, you can stay on course throughout the year.

Invest More In Meaningful Friendships

As most of Up with People’s gap year and study abroad participants will tell you, lifelong friendships are priceless. Shared group experiences with friends can lead to unbreakable bonds. This year, make it a point to invest in friendships. Travel and service can be meaningful, but doing so with others can be so much more.

Once you have your list do your best to keep your goals moving forward. Plan a time-frame, create micro goals that you can tackle slowly, and ask for support from family and friends.

Happy New Year from all of us at Up with People!

“Words are not the only language
To feel what your eyes have heard.
The voice of your heart is speaking
With unspoken words.”

Unspoken Words (c) Up with People


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