|On New Year’s Day people start a new year.
|Many people make resolutions.
|They resolve to be better people.
|Some people decide that they will lose weight so that they can be healthier.
|Some people decide to give up smoking.
|They also want to be healthier.
|There are all kinds of resolutions that people make.
|Some people try not to lose their tempers.
|Some people say that they will work harder.
|There are people who try to give up bad habits.
|Every year, my brother says that he will stop biting his nails.
|He stops biting his nails in January,
|but by February he always starts again.
|That is the thing about New Year’s resolutions.
|People seldom keep them.
|Everybody starts out with good intentions,
|but it is very hard to stick with them.
|I don’t make New Year’s resolutions.
|I find that I just break them.
|I just work day by day to break my bad habits.
|I know that I eat too many sweets.
|Every day, I just try to resist them.
|I think that every day is a new day regardless of whether it is New Year’s Day or not.
|Bad habits are hard to break.
|The best thing is never to start any bad habits.
|I don’t know if my brother will ever stop biting his nails,
|but I know that each January he intends to stop.
|Maybe one of these New Year’s Days he’ll get over that habit.
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