Top 10 Commonly Broken New Year’s Resolutions

I just recently ran across a Time magazine online article called Top 10 Commonly Broken New Year’s Resolutions

It was a fun read and probably very true…

Most resolutions seem to only make it through January. Then in February you forget about them. Here is the top 10 list.

  1. Lose Weight and Get Fit
  2. Quit Smoking
  3. Learn Something New
  4. Eat Healthier and Diet
  5. Get Out of Debt and Save Money
  6. Spend More Time with Family
  7. Travel to New Places
  8. Be Less Stressed
  9. Volunteer
  10. Drink Less

I think this is a list of things people would like to do more of all the time anyway. Look how many are health related… 1,2,4,8, and 10. Half the list!

It can also be argued that numbers 6 and 9 are health related too because it has been shown that having a good social network leads to better health and well-being as well.

That leaves 3, 5, and 7 as things that people just want to do for fun or to better their position in life (i.e. get out of debt)

All ten can be narrowed down to these…

  1. Become and stay healthy
  2. Pursue an active social life that includes helping others
  3. Pursue things I always wanted to do but don’t because I’m stuck in a rut.

I had wanted to jump right into talking about money and personal finance, but I feel like I want to wrap up some other health related issues here in January and talk a bit about how we can pursue our goals, our New Year’s resolutions, year round!

And I just want to say thank you for all the emails you have been sending me. They are inspirational and they really help me decide what I should be writing about, and what is important for people to read. I feel that my best articles come from reader’s questions and suggestions. So keep them coming!

2 thoughts on “Top 10 Commonly Broken New Year’s Resolutions”

  1. I don’t really do New Year’s resolutions. If you need a new year to force yourself to do something, chances are you won’t have the willpower to see it though. My girlfriend is totally noticing the resolution impact at her gym. Suddenly the place is busier than ever, but staff has assured her that it will slow down in about 2 months when people start dropping off.

    1. Im not sure how News Years resolutions got to be so big, but if it helps some people then more power to them. Im not a fan of resolutions per se, but I do like to review my past year, reflect on it, and think about whats possible in the next year. So I reflect more then I resolute. ๐Ÿ˜‰


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