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New Year’s Resolutions Still a Popular Practice

Dec 29, 2017 02:00AM
Although not as many people make a New Year’s resolution as they did 50 years ago, the New Year is still a time when many folks reflect on the past and set out to do better in the future. About 40 % of Americans make resolutions that run the gamut from losing weight to making more money, but many of us don’t make our goals. So what’s the point?

Studies show that people who make a resolution, such as quitting smoking, are more likely to quit than people who don’t. And although you may not lose 20 pounds in the New Year, you might lose 10. You may not land that supervisor job you set out to get, but maybe you’ll get a promotion in your current position. Consequently, resolutions won’t make us rich or thin, but they can make us healthier and happier in the New Year.

The following are the most popular New Year’s resolutions. Which one are you making in 2018?

-Improve physical well-being: eat healthy food, lose weight, exercise more, eat better, drink less alcohol, quit smoking, stop biting nails, get rid of old bad habits -Improve mental well-being: think positive, laugh more often, enjoy life -Improve finances: get out of debt, save money, make small investments -Improve career: perform better at current job, get a better job, establish own business -Improve education: improve grades, get a better education, learn something new (such as a foreign language or music), study often, read more books, improve talents -Improve self: become more organized, reduce stress, be less grumpy, manage time, be more independent, perhaps watch less television, play fewer sitting-down video games -Take a trip -Volunteer to help others, practice life skills, use civic virtue, give to charity, volunteer to work part-time in a charity organization -Get along better with people, improve social skills -Make new friends -Spend quality time with family members -Settle down, get engaged/get married, have kids -Pray more, be more spiritual -Be more involved in sports or different activities -Spend less time on social media