Dr. Betsy Storms is a private practice therapist and counselor who is an expert in human behavior. We asked her why people resolve to alter their lives at this time of the year.
"I think people really want to change," says Storms. "I think that around New Years they see a lot of failures from the year before and want to start over."
She agrees the commonest resolutions have to do with losing weight, stopping smoking and saving money, but why do they think it will work at this time of the year, January first but it won't necessarily work in June July or August?
"I don't know but I feel like a lot of people succeed. They do better. They may not be perfect but they do better. That's what I try to encourage people to do, to be better. Give up on being perfect but just make some progress in the New Year. That works a lot better than perfection."
Actually, she encourages people to make resolutions all year long. She concedes that she herself makes New Year's resolutions.
"Yes, I do. I write out a whole list of resolutions and goals because I think it's good to write things down. You tend to be more serious about it if you write it down."