We have just said goodbye to 2016 (time flies, doesn’t it!) and are now in 2017! A popular tradition is to make resolutions for the year ahead. A New Year’s resolution is a promise that a person makes at the end of the year to himself or herself to improve themselves, break a habit, sacrifice something or just try to be a better person overall.

The original New Year’s resolution came from the Ancient Babylonians who at the end of each year would make a vow to God that they would return all objects they borrowed and pay off their debts to others. Originally, resolutions came from the Catholic holiday of Lent where one sacrifices something for 40 days. Whether it’s losing weight, going to the gym, or learning English! Resolutions are all about self improvement and we can’t knock them for that. Here are the most popular resolutions Americans are making for 2016, and then we’ll tell you why you should choose the 3rd one!!!

1. Lose Weight and Go To the Gym 

2. Quit Smoking/Drinking 

3. Learn a New Language

4. Go Green

5. Accomplish your Goals

6. Save Money and Improve your Finances

7. Floss (limpiarse los dientes con hilo)

8. Travel

9. Volunteer to Help Others

10. Get More Sleep

Now here is why you should go for the 3rd one:

Increase your Brain Power: Language learning improves your brain and cognitive capacity in a load of areas, such as solving problems, making decisions, multi-tasking, as well as your perception, attention span and memory. A study at Edinburgh University found various cognitive benefits regardless of whether the second language was acquired earlier or later in life.

Improve your Work Options: Language skills can give you a crucial edge in the job market. Recent analysis suggests that a second language can add up to 2-4% to a starting salary.

Expand your Cultural Horizions: Choose where to travel to and be able to get by, watch movies in the language they were made in (though you’ll realise that even in English no one understands Slyvester Stallone and that some actors sound better in Spanish!), be able to ask for something on a menu and not be saying what the hell was that I just ate.

Develop Confidence: Learning a foreign language is an incredibly rewarding experience and a serious confidence booster. You’ll get to overcome some of your fears and doubts, learn more about yourself, meet new people.

Meet New People: Finally, and perhaps most importantly, meeting new and interesting people and developing life-long friendships (or, who knows, even the love of your life!) are certainly objectives well worth aspiring for, and learning another language is a sure way to expedite that process.

Good luck 🙂