most popular new years resolutions
Get a new job
. If you ask your friends if they are happy with their jobs, they will most likely tell you not really. Its strange but the more job positions there are, the harder it seems to find people who really enjoy their jobs. As such, I guess its not that surprising that 10% of Americans make resolutions to find a new one. Whether they succeed, well thats a different matter.
. Im never going to drink again this is what many people suffering from a bad hangover say after every wild party. Nevertheless, there is actually a considerable amount of people who make a New Year resolution to quit (or at least reduce) drinking. However similarly to smoking, alcohol addiction often evolves into a physical dependence, which is extremely difficult to get rid of.
. Everybody knows that there is absolutely nothing beneficial about smoking. It is harmful to your health, it makes your teeth yellow, your clothes smell bad, it is extremely annoying for all non smokers and last but not least it is expensive So why on Earth do so many people smoke? Fortunately, many of them realize all these drawbacks and want to quit smoking. Unfortunately, only about 10% of those who make the resolution to quit the bad habit w
. Often, working out is involved in the weight loss but there are people who dont actually need to lose weight (lucky bastards) but just need some physical exercise to get in shape. The outcome, however, is pretty much the same. According to some researches, most of the new gym permanent passes go idle by as soon as February.
. Weight loss is an absolute evergreen. Its the most common resolution counting for about 25% of all New Year resolutions. Unfortunately, our determination usually lasts just a few weeks and people soon get back to their unhealthy, obese routine. Eating whatever they want, whenever they want and in any terrifying quantities.
Get out of debt
. Paying off debts is a popular resolution that many have difficulty accomplishing. Keeping this resolution often requires a major reduction of people
. Improving finances is a resolution that about 14% of people make every year. These days, as much as a third of all Americans have no saving so lets hope the resolutions for 2015 will improve that number.
. Sometimes included in the weight loss resolution, healthier eating is another praiseworthy vow we often make. Keeping it can be particularly difficult because many people have absolutely wrong and unsuitable diet and eating habits. Increasing the daily amount of fruit and veggies is a good start.
. Time management and better organization is another important thing many people wish to improve and New Year is a great opportunity to start working on it. An average office employee spends 1.5 hours a day (6 weeks per year) looking for things so better organization can help you save time for other activities.
Spend more time with family
. If you manage to keep the previous resolution, it might be easier for you to follow this one as well. The beginning of the year is also an ideal time to spend more time with kids or reconnect with family that you havent seen in a while. Unfortunately, people tend to get back to their working routine soon with only small numbers of those who can maintain the goal throughout the whole year.
Manage stress better
. What sounds like a natural and reasonable resolution is very often difficult, vague and hardly a measurable thing with only about 5% of people actually doing it. There are some psychological strategies on how to handle stress but they are extremely hard to acquire. In fact, stressing less is likely to be the very first resolution youll break this new year.
Enjoy life to the fullest
. This resolution also sounds very pleasant and agreeable but the failure rate is very high again. Many people work way too hard and even if they are on vacation and dont work, they at least think of it. The sad truth is that the tight family budgets often simply dont allow people keep this resolution, forcing them to work more and more.
. Procrastination, the practice of doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, has become a serious problem often resulting in stress, anxiety, a sense of guilt and crisis, and possibly even health problems. The practice is particularly widespread among students estimates suggest that up to 95% of college students are engaged in procrastination. No wonder quitting this habit made it among the most popular New Year resolutions
. Some of the first things we tend to think of in a new year are those exotic destinations and foreign countries we would love to see. Unfortunately, what usually happens is that we need the money for way less exciting and romantic things and our travel bucket list will stay unchecked.
Improve a relationship
. During Christmas, people tend to be more helpful, kind and warm hearted. Consequently, they sometimes resolve to improve a relationship with a family member. But soon after the holiday atmosphere and festive spirit is over, reconciling is the last thing people care for.
Learn a new language
. Learning a new language is a good idea and this resolution ranks among those that quite a high percentage of people actually keep. Especially if they choose a language that is not that difficult to learn.
Have better sleep
. Sleeping is a crucial factor affecting our physical as well as our mental well being and it is well known that too many people have some kind of sleeping problem or disorder. Generally, doctors say we should sleep anywhere between 6 to 8 hours. Nevertheless, many find themselves sleeping far less.
Spend less time on Facebook
. Sometimes a part of the procrastination, spending too much time on Facebook and other social networks is a considerable problem for surprising number of people these days. But even if they admit they have this issue, it can be very difficult for them to reduce the time spent on the site. For many of them, logging in and checking their friends activities is one of the first things they do every morning.
Spend less time watching TV
. This resolution might be easier to keep now than it used to be but this statistic is misleading. The only reason why people are willing to cut their TV time is because they can watch the same things online or they just replace the time spent in front of the TV with hours wasted on websites .
Get rid of old clothes
. The main problem with this resolution is that some people find themselves emotionally attached to clothes, especially their favorite, old pieces.
. Every year, millions of people all over the world resolve to use their bikes much more than they did the year before. Some even plan to commute to work on bikes instead of using a car. The resolution is not only good for our health and budget but its also friendly to Mother Nature. Unfortunately, the enthusiasm is very often replaced with comfort and laziness and the bikes soon end up on the very same spot in the garage where it spent most of the
Run a half or full marathon
. Marathons have become very popular in recent years. Some of us might even have friends who have successfully completed one, which might encourage some us to try and do the same. Unfortunately, when people are confronted with the grueling training needed to accomplish this goal, most decide to quit.
Try an extreme sport
. What prevents most of us from keeping this resolution is not our laziness, nor lack of time, Its lack of courage. Just a very small percentage of people are brave enough to stand on a bungee jumping platform and an even smaller percentage of them can actually jump.
Do something for charity
. It has been statistically proven that during Christmas, donations are several times higher than in any other part of the year. But once the holiday is over and we return to our everyday reality, our generosity considerably decreases.
Have a baby
. Well, to have a baby is not a New Year resolution that everybody makes but it can be a topical subject in a surprisingly high numbers of families. Especially in developed countries, couples tend to postpone parenthood to a later age for various reasons such as career, fear of parental duties, loss of freedom etc.
Fall in Love
. Whether we care to admit it or not, we all need to be loved. Be it from ourselves or another person, love is one of the only universal emotions all humans crave. It also just so happens to be the one thing we can never fully understand. Do I like him or love him? Is she Mrs. Right? With all of these questions and hormones raging through our heads and bodies, its no wonder were constantly thinking about love. According to a survey conducted in 201
Help Others Achieve Their Dreams
. This one surprised me. Honestly, most people focus on themselves when choosing their New Years Resolutions. But, the statistics show that a large number of people out there set out on January 1st to help others in need. There are many ways to accomplish this, such as giving moral support to your friends and lending a hand to those who are less fortunate. People can volunteer to help out their favorite charities or simply put in an encouraging wor
Learn Something Exciting
. Coming from an education background, learning is fun Its an exciting process we go through when we learn something. Theres even science to back it up, telling us that humans enjoy the process of learning. So, with science at our backs, why not start off the New Year with a new skill? As our society continues to become more and more cross cultural, a popular new skill to learn for a new year is a new language. In the United States, Spanish is grad
Stay Fit and Healthy
. Did you know that worldwide obesity has doubled since 1980? 1980 Thats not that long ago, and its a frightening prospect to think about. Luckily, there are many clubs, programs, and support groups that can help you lose weight and stay fit and healthy. But, losing weight isnt the hard part. Sure, you may swear that you will lose twenty pounds by the end of January, but can you keep it off? If so, are you really healthy? If you just make the resol
. With the crazy busy world we live in, keeping our lives intact and in order is a feat as monumental as that of the gods. The house. Work. The car. Were so busy doing that its challenging to keep all of this doing in line. While all of the resolutions on this list are great, getting organized is one of the hardest. Organization is one of the first things to vanish when one is too busy. We may not even realize how disorganized we are until the New
Stay in touch
. Feel like old friends (or family) have fallen by the wayside? Its good for your health to reconnect with them. Research suggests people with strong social ties live longer than those who dont. In fact, a lack of social bonds can damage your health as much as alcohol abuse and smoking, and even more than obesity and lack of exercise, a 2010 study in the journal PLoS Medicine suggests.
. We tend to think our own bliss relies on bettering ourselves, but our happiness also increases when we help others, says Peter Kanaris, PhD, coordinator of public education for the New York State Psychological Association. And guess what? Happiness is good for your health. A 2010 study found that people with positive emotions were about 20% less likely than their gloomier peers to have a heart attack or develop heart disease. Other research sugge
Go back to school
. No matter how old you are, heading back to the classroom can help revamp your career, introduce you to new friends, and even boost your brainpower.A 2007 study found that middle age adults who had gone back to school (including night school) sometime in the previous quarter century had stronger memories and verbal skills than those who did not. Whats more, several studies have linked higher educational attainment to a decreased risk of Alzheimers