After the champagne toast, the midnight kiss and the ball drop – some turn to the serious business of change. They begin the New Year by saying “I resolve to…”

There’s something about the beginning of a new year, a clean slate, a fresh start. It’s a “notational boundary” according to psychologist Richard Thaler. And with that, researches think, comes a sense of optimism, the opportunity for a new me. Research has shown a statistically large increase in internet searches for diets at the beginning of the New Year.

Many asked me if I had made any New Year’s resolutions this year. (I didn’t). I’m in the minority, but not alone. In 2013, only 68 percent of Americans made resolutions at the start of the new year. In 2015, 58 percent did. Those under 30 tend to make the most resolutions. Only half of those resolving keep those promises. I’ve learned that New Year’s resolutions are typically an American tradition.

I thought the following was interesting. I report it with no conclusions.

The top two resolutions in 1947: 1) Improve my disposition, be more understanding, control my temper 2) Improve my character, live a better life.

Top two resolutions in 2014: 1) Lose weight 2) get organized.

I’m not sure why I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I’m not opposed to them. Maybe it’s because I’m addicted to list making throughout the year. Maybe I follow other “notational boundaries” that inspire me: like reading a book that encourages me to attempt life changes or turning a certain age.

What about you? Did you make a New Year’s resolution?