45% Of Americans Make New Year’s Resolutions

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The Top 10 Most Popular New Year’s Resolutions Are: *insert drum roll*

1. Spend More Time With Loved Ones

Over 50% of Americans vowed to spend more time with family and friends this year (poll by General Nutrition Centers). Carve out certain days or nights of the week to spend with loved ones and stick to it. -Creating iCal or Google events, plus phone reminders will help you stick to this commitment.

2. Fitness

This might be one of the most popular new year’s resolutions. Gyms everywhere see a spike in memberships and gym usage in January (and then again before summer hits). Help stick to a fitness plan by having a fitness buddy, or someone to hold you accountable to working out on a regular basis. Also, make working out fun! It doesn’t always have to be in the gym, get outside and change up your fitness routine.

3. Shed Some Lbs

Over 66% of Americans are considered overweight according to recent studies. Compare that to the 38% of individuals who make new year resolutions vow to lose weight.

4. Be Present

Enjoy each day and seize the moment. Make sure that when you are visiting with someone, listen to every word and look them in the eyes. You can practice on your family to get comfortable

5. Quit Smoking

You can’t argue with the healthy merits of quitting smoking. For additional incentives, take the money that you would normally spend on smoking and put it towards a vacation or a gift for your spouse.

6. Quit Drinking

If quitting drinking is just to far of a leap, consider cutting back substantially. You will feel good about the alcohol reduction and may find that this is a quick route to weight loss as well. In addition, you will certainly feel better the morning after if you are not indulging so much.

7. Financial Stability

Financial stability is a long term commitment and spending less money than you make is the first step. Find a plan that will work for you and stick to it. Make sure that you understand the burden of credit card debt and all of the other factors that affect your credit score.

8. Get Organized

Start with something small . . . maybe just that corner of the garage that has been bothering you. You will find that once you get a handle on organizing, you may just want work your way through your whole house! Part of this process may including simply getting rid of things that you don’t need. Consider donating usable items to charitable organizations and feel good about helping someone else.

9. Give Back

Consider taking a little of your personal time to give back. Even a couple of hours a month can make a big difference and don’t be surprised if you feel that you come out the winner in the end. Remember, you have the opportunity to create the best match for yourself.

10. Learn Something New

You are never to old to learn something new and it just might turn into your next hobby. You may also find this to be more enjoyable if you have a relative or friend to learn along with you. You will be surprised to find just how many opportunities there are available once you start looking.

What Is Your New Year’s Resolution? (let us know in the comments below!)