New Year's Resolutions

The New Year is right around the corner, and no doubt many of us are wondering how to make 2015 better than past years. Many of us pledge we will make improvements to help better our quality of life.

Losing weight is the most common resolution, followed closely by managing money better and improving relationships with others.

A study and statistics compiled by University of Scranton Journal of Clinical Psychology recorded the following Top 10 resolutions:

  1. Lose Weight
  2. Getting Organized
  3. Spend Less, Save More
  4. Enjoy Life to the Fullest
  5. Staying Fit and Healthy
  6. Learn Something Exciting
  7. Quit Smoking
  8. Help Others in Their Dreams
  9. Fall in Love
  10. Spend More Time with Family


How successful will people be with their New Year’s resolutions? The University of Scranton indicated 75% are able to maintain their resolution through the first week of the year, and that will fall to 71% by the second week of the year. By the six-month mark, 46% are still keeping with their resolution. Ultimately, only about 8% of people actually report success with achieving their resolution.

Age apparently has a bearing on your success in achieving your resolution too. The report also finds 39% of people in their twenties report achieving their resolution each year, and people over 50 years report a 14% success rate.

New Year’s resolutions aren’t for everyone though. Only about 45% report making resolutions regularly as part of their New Year’s tradition. Actually 38% of people report that they never make a New Year’s resolution!

Lastly, the same report also indicated that people who make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t make resolutions. This would seem to indicate that the practice of making a resolution does serve an important purpose, because it helps people set goals and gives them starting motivation to go after them!