According to the research done by the University of Scranton, only 40 to 46% of people in the United States create a New Years’ resolution. The top three New Year’s resolutions are losing weight, getting organized, and spending less money. Others may include getting better grades, joining a gym, and quitting smoking. Once the clock strikes twelve, many people make a resolution that will lead to a better lifestyle, but in reality only 8% of people accomplish their goal during the year.
Two weeks into the New Year, only 71% of people will still be working towards their resolution. Once a month has gone by, this percentage has decreased again to 64%. After six months, only 46 % of people continue with their New Year’s resolution.
Experts say that people have so many other priorities that a New Year’s resolution can easily be forgotten about.
Bethany Didato, guidance counselor at Woodland, believes it is significant to make a New Year’s resolution.
“It is important because it is a great way to have an exceptional life, reach your goals, and to make positive changes,” said Didato.
People who are determined to achieve their New Year’s resolutions need to plan out how they are going to accomplish it. A key point is to have a realistic goal. The resolution should also be time-specific because it will be much easier to keep it up. New Year’s resolutions should be something that people are passionate about and something they want to do. It would be convenient to have a strong motivator to push you to reach your goal. These little steps slowly add up and work towards succeeding in your goal.
Small, individual accomplishments can have a great effect on people’s lives. New Year’s resolutions give us the opportunity to make a change and work towards our goals.