Video: We ask Birmingham people about their New Year Resolutions & they all said the same thing

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New Year Resolutions have been made by many for 2024, but what do Brummies think of the tradition? We visit Birmingham city centre to find out

The holidays are over and now we find ourselves firmly planted in 2024. The New Year can breathe fresh life into many of us. I'm here today in Birmingham city centre to find out from people here if they have any new year's resolutions of their own and any plans for the coming year.

George says: “So I haven't made any New Year's Resolutions this year. I always think that when you make New Year's resolutions there's something to be broken, there's something that people don't really stick by. I like to try and make more organic changes.“

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Rachel says: “I made a New Year's resolution last year, 2023, and I'm going to make the same one this year in 2024, which is just make healthy choices, try and do a bit more exercise and eat a little bit more mindfully and healthily. I did that last year, it was quite successful, I'm going to hopefully do it this year and I kept to it.”

David says: “The only resolution I made several years ago was not to make any New Year's resolutions, so I've resolutely stuck to that!”

David in Birmingham gives us his view on new year’s resolutionsDavid in Birmingham gives us his view on new year’s resolutions
David in Birmingham gives us his view on new year’s resolutions

Brummies shun New Year Resolutions

A surprisingly low number of new year's resolutions set here by the people of Birmingham I spoke to today. According to recent research from Forbes Advisor just short of a third of Brits have set specific goals for the upcoming year.

Younger people are more likely to declare resolutions - perhaps because advanced years may offer a greater wisdom as according to the same research most Brits give up on their resolutions by mid-May. Nonetheless, this of course doesn't mean 2024 is going to be uneventful or lack any achievements, so I also asked the people here what plans they have for the approaching year.

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George says: “​​I don't know, 2024, hopefully a better year than last year, kick on with work, kick on and change my living situation maybe. Yeah, I think that's it.”

Rachel says: “Yeah, I'm really looking forward to a family holiday with my American family. We're going to Corfu, which will be really interesting because they've never been to that part of the world, so it'll be interesting to see what they're going to make of that part of the world versus maybe Florida or the Caribbean. That'll be quite fun.“

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