About 45 percent of people make a New Year’s resolution each year. People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions. Check out these New Year’s resolution statistics from 2014 from the University of Scranton and the Journal of Clinical Psychology:
Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for 2014
Spend Less, Save More
Enjoy Life to the Fullest
Increase and Maintain Overall Fitness
Learn Something Exciting
Help Others Accomplish Goals
Fall in Love
Spend more Time with Family
Tips for Achieving a Healthier New Year’s Resolution
1. Don’t abandon the idea of setting resolutions because you have not attained them in the past. You may need to adjust your goal. For example, instead of walking for 30 minutes all at once, you can start by walking just 10 minutes and building up to 30 minutes.
2. Be realistic. If your resolution is to eat healthier, begin by eliminating one unhealthy food from your diet at a time, but not all unhealthy foods.
3. Don’t make too many resolutions. Pick one or two, like quitting smoking, stress control, or healthy eating.
4. Put your goals on paper and place them in a spot where you will see them often.
5. Use the buddy system. Rely on your friends and family to support you in your resolutions, and do the same for them.
6. Remind yourself of how much you have accomplished in the past. To remind yourself of how much willpower you have, try writing down 100 things you are proud of.
News Year’s Resolution Statistics
Percent of Americans who usually make New Year’s Resolutions 45%
Percent of Americans who rarely make New Year’s Resolutions 17%
Percent of Americans who never make New Year’s Resolutions 38%
Type of Resolutions
Self-Improvement or education-related resolutions 47%
Weight-related resolutions 38%
Money-related resolutions 34%