Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Ten New Year's Resolutions that May Actually Stick

The holiday rush may be over, but tis the season for New Year’s Resolutions. According to a recent study by the University of Scranton, 45 percent of Americans usually make New Year’s Resolutions, while 17 percent infrequently make New Year’s Resolutions, and 38 percent don’t make New Year’s Resolutions at all.

Out of those who do make resolutions, only 27 percent of people are actually successful in achieving their resolution, 49 percent have infrequent success, and 24 percent never succeed and break their resolution each year, usually by the end of January.

Why are New Year’s Resolutions so easy to break? One of the main reasons for New Year’s Resolution failure is that people become a little too optimistic and overzealous, setting themselves up for failure when they over-commit. While it’s easy to make a resolution when you’re home for the holidays, once work and general life issues arise, resolutions tend to fall by the wayside.

Another main reason for resolution failure is people make the wrong kind of resolutions. Think carefully about what exactly it is you want to achieve, something that you are willing to dedicate time and energy into. Most resolutions are made without little to no thought, a surefire way to not succeed in your goals.

Below are some small New Year’s Resolutions that even the busiest of people can stick to, provided by The Examiner:
  • Resolve to get no worse.
  • Continue the good things you do.
  • Eat breakfast.
  • Get to where you’re going a bit early.
  • Drink one liter or quart of water while working.
  • Take “micro-breaks” throughout the day.
  • Add activity into your daily routine.
  • Whether your day was good, bad, or indifferent, find something to be thankful for.
  • Prepare one more evening meal per week.
  • Get an average of 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night.

If you are one to make resolutions, try one of these small goals above. Remember that resolutions are supposed to help you achieve a better self, and are not designed to showcase your shortcomings.

Good luck, and Happy New Year!

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