The making of New Year resolutions has existed in one form or another since the beginning of recorded time. Early on, the custom involved promises to various gods supreme beings in the hope it would bring about such things as greater wealth, more abundant crops or victory on the battlefield. Nowadays New Year resolutions tend to be more personal with a focus on self-improvement.
It is estimated that 25-40% of adults in Western societies consciously commit themselves to at least one resolution each year. Because many people would rather not openly discuss their resolution(s), the success rate is difficulat to monitor. The data that is available estimates a success rate just over 10%. The easier a resolution is to accomplish, the higher the likelihood it will be achieved and vice versa.
With this in mind, we give you ten common New Year resolutions as well as some related resources located here in South Holland which can provide assistance to expats for helping achieve your personal 2016 New Year resolution while in the Netherlands.
1) Get in better shape/improve physical condition
2) Lose weight
3) Learn a new language
4) Learn to dance or play a musical instrument
Resource: South Holland Musical Instruments
5) Start a new business
Resource: Starting a Business in Holland
6) Read more
Resource: South Holland Books & Bookshops
Resource: South Holland Public Libraries
7) Improve wellbeing/mental health
Resource: South Holland Yoga & Pilates
Resource: South Holland Counselling & Therapists
8) Take up a new hobby
Resource: South Holland Hobby Shops
Resource: South Holland Cooking & Wine Courses
9) Meet new people
Resource: South Holland Support & Expat Groups
Resource: South Holland Social & Community Events
10) Do volunteer work
Resource: Volunteer The Hague