The start of any New Year is typically accompanied by a slew of resolutions. This year is no different, with WNBC/Marist reporting that 43% of Americans intend to make a New Year's resolution (down 1% from last year).
The most common:
- lose weight (17%)
- quit smoking (17%)
- "be a better person" (14%)
- spend less money (11%)
Interestingly, "eat healthier" and "exercise more" were only noted by 5% of the resolution-makers, so I don't know how many of those vowing to "lose weight" will be successful!
It's also interesting to note that the most frequently-cited resolutions are all rather self-serving; take a look at the less frequently noted ones:
- increase family time (3%)
- be kinder to others (2%)
- get closer to God (1%)
While women are more likely to make resolutions (49% vs. 37% men), they are less likely to keep them (56% women vs. 63% men). If you're in the resolution camp and need some motivation, audio-based microblogging tool Utterz let's you record your resolution and get help from others in reaching your goals.
If you can't be bothered with making resolutions, it is also a good time to reflect on the good things in life, and start the year off on a positive note. This Economist article about the state of our nation will certainly get you thinking.
“The American, by nature, is optimistic,” JFK once said. “He is experimental, an inventor and a builder who builds best when called upon to build greatly.” Europeans ask, “Why?” Americans ask, “Why not?”
Happy New Year!