The New Year is just a few nights away, and as we inch towards a new chapter of our lives, we begin to plan our resolutions. But before we even begin thinking of another long list of things we want to promise ourselves, let’s look back and think about the New Year’s resolutions we had for 2022. Ask yourself this, “Were you able to achieve the promises you made for yourself?” If not, then you’re not alone. New Year’s resolutions tend to fail, and it’s not surprising anyone at this point. So, with that said, which of your New Year’s Resolutions in 2022 is the same as that in 2021?
What are the most popular New Year’s resolutions in 2022?
New Year’s resolutions would vary per person, but if you summed them all up, you’d end up with the following resolutions being the most popular ones annually.
Fitness is all the rage nowadays, and this is probably why gyms have massively increased their popularity over the past few years. Transitioning to a much better lifestyle grants so many health benefits, and this is exactly why people keep adding this to their New Year’s resolutions.
Living life to the fullest
Life is short. That’s the reality of things. So what better way to enjoy the New Year than to promise yourself to not settle for less, prioritize your own happiness, try out new and exciting activities, and live life with no regrets?
Spend more time with loved ones
Each of us is often occupied with work, social life, and the stresses of life in general; oftentimes, this makes us forget to spend time with those who matter to us the most—our loved ones. Nowadays, we’re faced with uncertainties that often result in the loss of our loved ones.
A lot of us have taken this into account, which is exactly why we’re now making an effort to squeeze family time into our tight schedules for the upcoming year.
No one wants to be susceptible to illnesses like cancer, and this is one of the primary reasons why people want to quit vices like smoking and excessive drinking. A healthy lifestyle is what people are aiming for nowadays, and it only makes sense why people include this in their New Year’s resolutions.
Get more sleep
According to the CDC, more than a third of Americans don’t get enough sleep. We’re all aware of how this can lead to several health problems; this is a perfectly good reason why people are eager to get plenty of Z’s starting next year.
Be smarter with money
If you’ve constantly seen yourself spending more than what you’re earning, then it’s high time you consider being smarter with your money. According to Coupon Follow’s survey, around 70% of Americans admit to having bad spending habits.
It’s no wonder spending money wisely is constantly included in people’s resolutions.
Why do people make New Year’s resolutions?
Fun fact, New Year’s resolutions already existed way before all of us were even born, precisely 4,000 years ago at the time of the ancient Babylonians. They were driven to fulfill their resolutions as a means to please their gods.
Today, the reason behind New Year’s resolutions is a tad bit different as compared to the ones practiced by the Babylonians; the resolutions we have now are focused towards self improvement and setting things right in one’s life.
Do people keep their New Year’s resolutions?
Forbes estimates that 80% of Americans fail to keep their New Year’s resolutions. We have three main reasons to look at as to why people fail at keeping their promises in the first place: lack of sustained action, unrealistic goals, and vagueness.
In 2022, statistics showed that only 23% of participants have planned making New Year’s resolutions.
How to keep New Year’s resolutions in 2023
Make realistic goals
The New Year is fast approaching, and a lot of us are eager to list a lot of resolutions that we think are achievable by next year. Sadly, the majority of these promises are a bit too ambitious.
To prevent resolutions from resulting in failure, a sure way to keep them is to have your mindset set on goals that are in line with reality. For instance, think of smaller goals.
These tend to be more successful than taking a leap of faith and starting to fulfill overly ambitious goals.
Be more specific
Vague goals are difficult to accomplish. Think about losing weight. If you want to shed the extra fat you have and stop there without citing the specifics of how you want to lose it, then you’re in for failure.
Try to be more specific by setting goals like losing 10 pounds a month. This way, it’d be easier for you to stick to a regimen, know when you’ve hit a milestone, and know what actions to take in order to achieve the bite-sized goals you just made.
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