By: Emily Bihm
Year after year we make new resolutions, each time promising that this year it will be different. Ever wonder how your New Year’s Resolutions stack up statistically? The following chart shows the top ten resolutions made in 2014, and it also showcases the statistics of how often people keep their resolutions, for how long, and the rate of success based on age. (This chart is based on research done by the University of Scranton and their Journal of Clinical Psychology).
|Rank||Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for 2014|
|Spend Less, Save More|
|Enjoy Life to the Fullest|
|Staying Fit and Healthy|
|Learn Something Exciting|
|Help Others in Their Dreams|
|Fall in Love|
|Spend More Time with Family|
|News Year’s Resolution Statistics||Data|
|Percent of Americans who usually make New Year’s Resolutions||45%|
|Percent of Americans who infrequently make New Year’s Resolutions||17%|
|Percent of Americans who absolutlely never make New Year’s Resolutions||38%|
|Percent of people who are successful in achieving their resolution||8%|
|Percent who have infrequent success||49%|
|Percent who never succeed and fail on their resolution each year||24%|
|People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions|
|Type of Resolutions (Percent above 100% because of multiple resolutions)||Data|
|Self Improvement or education related resolutions||47%|
|Weight related resolutions||38%|
|Money related resolutions||34%|
|Relationship related resolutions||31%|
|Age Success Rates||Data|
|Percent of people in their twenties who achieve their resolution each year||39%|
|Percent of people over 50 who achieve their resolution each year||14%|
|Length of Resolutions||Data|
|Resolution maintained through first week||75%|
|Past two weeks||71%|
|Past one month||64%|
|Past six months||46%|
Whether you have a resolution for 2015, or you, like so many, are still in the process of figuring out what you want to accomplish in the New Year; there is an excellent way to approach your goals so that you stick with them longer than a month.
If, for example, you want to lose weight, start with baby steps. Rather than giving up junk food, soda, chocolate, and carbs all on January 1st, make a plan to slowly give up or ration the unhealthy foods you eat. Start by cutting out candy and replacing it with fruits and vegetables. Then reduce the amount of fatty foods you eat, etc. By weaning your body off of all the junk it is used to, you are more likely to find success in your diet and less likely to fall off the wagon and binge eat a box of Twinkies on February 1st.
If you plan to start living life to the fullest, begin with the most basic thing you can add to your daily routine to make you happier. Living life to the fullest is not just about quitting your job and backpacking around Europe. Start with doing random acts of kindness for people like picking up someone’s tab at a restaurant. Talk to the cute guy who works in the cubicle three down from yours. If it’s raining, get your butt out there and dance in it. Living life to the fullest does not have to be expensive or fancy, but rather little pleasures that can be found in everyday life.
You want to fall in love this year? That is a great goal, but you cannot just make finding a relationship your priority. The best relationships are the unexpected ones, so instead of actively looking for love in 2015, focus on you. Start working out, finally quit smoking, or lower your credit card debt. By focusing on your goals and personal successes you will be putting your best foot forward, and if you are meant to fall in love, it will find you. Be awesome and awesome things will come your way.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the ways you can approach your goals for the New Year, but it at least gives you a fresh outlook on some common resolutions. By taking baby steps, you allow yourself to adjust physically and emotionally to the new routine you have going. If you need support in reaching any of these goals visit USA.gov which lists some other common resolutions and links for websites that can help support you as you begin your journey.
No matter what you hope to accomplish in 2015 you must decide what you want, how fierce you will be in going after it, and sticking to it for the long haul. Good luck and Happy New Year!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Since graduating from college two years ago, Emily has been working as a waitress at a local breakfast restaurant. She enjoys writing and reading in her free time and hopes to have her own column in the future. She loves music, watching Netflix, spending time with friends and loved ones, and walking her dog Ollie.