New Year’s resolutions

We've gathered the statistics on how many people have a New Year's resolution for 2022.

Our recent survey has found that in 2022, a whopping 28 million people in the UK will be making their New Year’s resolution in good faith that next year will be better than the last. Whether that’s a promise to save more or get healthy. Read on to discover the most common goals Brits will set in the new year.

Key statistics

  • 54% of the UK population will set a New Year’s resolution in 2022.
  • A quarter of the UK will make a health-focused resolution for 2022.
  • 55% of women and 52% of men plan to make a New Year’s resolution in 2022.
  • 87% of generation Z will be making resolutions in 2022, while just 17% of the silent generation will be doing so.
  • 73% of Londoners will be making New Year’s resolutions in 2022.

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How many people in the UK will make a New Year’s resolution?

According to our survey, an estimated 54% of the UK population will be setting themselves a New Year’s resolution in 2022. That’s 28 million people taking deliberate steps to better themselves as the year kicks off.

All # of people
% of Brits that will make resolutions 53.80% 28,192,999
% of Brits that have no resolutions 46.20% 24,210,345

The most common New Year’s resolution in the UK

46% of the UK may not be planning to make a New Year’s resolution in 2022, but the remaining 54% will set goals across a wide range of areas. Surprisingly, career progression will receive the least amount of attention in 2022, with just 9% claiming their resolution will focus on this.

On the other end of the spectrum, health has proven to be the most popular among Brits, with a quarter of respondents toting this as their goal for 2022. This means that the new year could see Brits purchasing those gym memberships, shovelling down the vitamins and most likely masking up to avoid all variants of COVID-19.

New years resolution Percentage of respondents
No resolutions 46.20%
Health 25.35%
Money 21.30%
Family 19.40%
Self-improvement 16.55%
Love 13.85%
Travel 10.70%
Career 9.25%

New Year’s resolutions by generation

Interestingly, our data shows that the older respondents get, the less likely they are to make a New Year’s resolution. While a whopping 87% of generation Z will be making resolutions in 2022, this reduces to 78% for millennials, 51% for generation X, 29% for baby boomers and finally down to 17% for the silent generation.

% that will make resolutions % that have no resolutions
Generation Z 87.29% 12.71%
Millennials 77.97% 22.03%
Generation X 51.41% 48.59%
Baby Boomers 29.01% 70.99%
Silent Generation 17.46% 82.54%

The most common New Year’s resolution by generation

As for what each generation is aiming to accomplish in the new year, it seems that gen Z have got money on their collective minds. A whopping 43% of gen Z will be making New Year’s resolutions about money. This varies from increasing their savings to investing, or even picking up a side hustle to make some extra cash. Across all other generations, the majority will focus on improving their health in 2022.

New years resolution Generation Z Millennials Generation X Baby Boomers Silent Gen
No resolutions 12.71% 22.03% 48.59% 70.99% 82.54%
Health 30.94% 32.36% 25.71% 18.93% 13.49%
Money 42.54% 32.20% 17.74% 10.53% 1.59%
Family 25.97% 29.58% 20.05% 10.08% 3.97%
Self-improvement 28.18% 22.34% 16.45% 9.77% 5.56%
Love 28.18% 24.81% 11.05% 3.21% 0.79%
Travel 18.23% 15.87% 8.48% 6.56% 1.59%
Career 19.34% 16.95% 7.46% 1.68% 0.00%

New Year’s resolutions by gender

55% of women and 52% of men plan to make a New Year’s resolution in 2022, according to our survey research.

Males Females
% of Brits that will make resolutions 52.11% 55.40%
% of Brits that have no resolutions 47.89% 44.60%

The most common New Year’s resolution by gender

Of those who will be making resolutions for the new year, 28% of females will be focusing on health – 6 percentage points higher than the 22% of men who will be doing the same. In fact, more females will be focusing on money, family and self-improvement than men throughout the new year. Meanwhile, more men will have resolutions that focus on finding love, travelling abroad and career progression.

New years resolution Males Females
No resolutions 47.89% 44.60%
Health 22.20% 28.33%
Money 21.27% 21.32%
Family 19.01% 19.77%
Self-improvement 15.21% 17.82%
Love 16.24% 11.59%
Travel 12.74% 8.76%
Career 10.28% 8.28%

New Year’s resolutions by region

73% of Londoners will be making New Year’s resolutions in 2022. This is closely followed by Wales (59%), West Midlands and North East (57%), Northern Ireland (56%), Northwest and East Midlands (53%), then East England (50%). 49% of those in the South East and South West will be making resolutions, while Yorkshire and The Humber comes in last in our list, with just 47% of this region choosing to set some goals for 2022.

% that will make resolutions % that have no resolutions
East of England 50.00% 50.00%
Greater London 73.38% 26.62%
East Midlands 53.15% 46.85%
West Midlands 57.06% 42.94%
North East 56.79% 43.21%
North West 53.42% 46.58%
Northern Ireland 56.00% 44.00%
Scotland 39.29% 60.71%
South East 49.10% 50.90%
South West 49.12% 50.88%
Wales 59.38% 40.63%
Yorkshire and the Humber 46.71% 53.29%

The most common New Year’s resolution by region

Apart from Wales and East of England, a majority of those making resolutions across all regions will be directing their efforts towards health. On a more wholesome note, 28% of those in Wales plan to focus on their family (just 2 percentage points more than those who plan to take care of their health). As for the East of England, 23% will make a New Year’s resolution to do with money.

New years resolution East of England Greater London East Midlands West Midlands North East North West Northern Ireland Scotland South East South West Wales Yorkshire
No resolutions 50.00% 26.62% 46.85% 42.94% 43.21% 46.58% 44.00% 60.71% 50.90% 50.88% 40.63% 53.29%
Health 20.74% 30.42% 22.38% 20.90% 25.93% 29.68% 20.00% 21.43% 27.08% 28.65% 26.04% 22.75%
Money 22.87% 26.24% 18.88% 19.77% 19.75% 24.66% 16.00% 15.48% 22.02% 19.88% 22.92% 18.56%
Family 20.21% 26.24% 18.18% 19.77% 16.05% 23.29% 14.00% 11.90% 15.88% 16.96% 28.13% 17.37%
Self-improvement 15.43% 22.43% 12.59% 14.12% 18.52% 20.09% 14.00% 14.88% 17.69% 12.28% 16.67% 13.77%
Love 14.36% 27.76% 13.99% 9.60% 18.52% 14.61% 6.00% 6.55% 10.11% 11.11% 19.79% 7.78%
Travel 10.64% 19.77% 7.69% 6.21% 7.41% 9.13% 16.00% 10.12% 7.94% 9.36% 16.67% 8.98%
Career 9.04% 14.45% 4.90% 6.21% 11.11% 13.70% 10.00% 7.14% 9.75% 7.02% 7.29% 5.99%

Methodology

  • A total of 2,000 people were questioned throughout Great Britain, with representative quotas for gender, age and region.
  • The research was conducted in December 2021.

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