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Top Ten Most Common New Year Resolutions


It’s that time of the year again – the end of the year and the beginning of another. For most, the new year signifies a new start – for almost everything. And that’s why there is such a thing as ‘new year’s resolution’, a firm reminder to cease the errors of the yesteryear and to jumpstart new habits for the new year.

In an article by Psych Central, the trusted psychology website shared the thoughts of John Duffy, Ph.D, clinical psychologist and author of The Available Parent: Radical Optimism in Raising Teens and Tweens: “most of us have a natural bent toward self-improvement. It gives us time and a goal date to prepare for the change, to fire up for the shifts we plan to make.”

Moreover, in the same article, Nona Jordan – a celebrated coach – states “the beginning of the year offers a fresh start and a clean slate. The fact that people keep making resolutions even when they don’t always follow through ultimately means that they have hope and a certain level of belief in their ability to change and be more of who they really want to be,”

So, what are the common new year resolutions? Go Skills enumerate the following:

1. Exercise more
2. Lose weight
3. Get organized
4. Learn a new skill or hobby
5. Live life to the fullest
6. Save more money / spend less money
7. Quit smoking
8. Spend more time with family and friends
9. Travel more
10. Read more

In an article by Business Insider, it states: “Trouble keeping a New Year’s resolution is a common phenomenon. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Scranton found that 23% of people quit their resolution after just one week. And only 19% of individuals are actually able to stick to their goals long term (two years, in the case of the study).”

Resolutions will remain as resolutions every start of the year unless it is not acted upon. What do you think? What are your thoughts about ‘new year’s resolution’? Share your thoughts below.

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