45% of Americans planned to ring in the New Year with promises to make 2013 better than 2012.
New Year’s resolutions are timeless. Year after year, the same resolutions hold true. For example, more than 50 percent of Americans vowed to appreciate loved ones and spend more time with family and friends this year. Others have opted for regular exercise, which keeps you healthy and makes you look and feel better. Over 66 percent of adult Americans are considered overweight or obese, so it’s not surprising that weight loss is another popular resolution. If you’ve resolved to make this year the one to quit smoking, over-the-counter availability of nicotine replacement therapy provides more access than ever to proven quit-smoking aids. Given the hectic, stressful lifestyles of millions of Americans, it’s no wonder that enjoying life more is a popular resolution to make. If you decide that you want to quit drinking, there is a world of help and support out in the world. Millions of Americans have resolved to get out of debt this year. Learning something new is perhaps one of the easiest, most motivating resolutions to keep. A popular, selfless New Year’s resolution is to help others. Finally, on just about everyone’s mind is organization, which can be a very reasonable goal.
Sometimes, your resolutions just won’t stick. For example, you didn’t make a plan for it. Next time? Be proactive. Or, you forgot the reasons why you were doing it. Next time? Clarify. Sometimes, you didn’t plan for setbacks. Next time? Recognize that things may come up. Also, you may not have had a strong enough support network. Next time, gather your groupies! Another reason is simply taking on too much too fast. Next time? Take it one step at a time.
There are several different types of resolution categories, including self-improvement or education-related resolutions, weight-related resolutions, money-related resolutions and relationship-related resolutions.
Now, a week into 2013, let’s be honest – how many of us have really stuck with our resolutions? If you nodded your head, you’re not alone. Check out our January Infographic to look at New Year’s resolutions by the numbers.
Check out the resources we used for our “New Year. New Resolutions.” infographic here: