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What Are the Most Common New Year’s Resolutions?

The year is coming to an end. It won’t be long before all of those commercials advertising weight loss and fitness products are all over TV and radio. There’s a reason good deals are offered on gym memberships every January: Weight loss is one of the most common – if not the most common – New Year’s resolutions, year after year. Quitting smoking, getting a better job, and improving finances also rank among the top issues Americans would like to improve in their lives. 

USA.gov is the U.S. Government’s official web portal, which not only lists a number of the most common New Year’s resolutions, but also provides helpful links to online resources to help you achieve them. Weight loss/fitness, education, improving finances, quitting smoking, reducing stress and volunteering are just a few of the New Year’s resolution topics that the site covers. See the full list of popular New Year’s resolutions at USA.gov.

If you decide to make New Year’s resolutions, unfortunately the odds of actually sticking with them aren’t that great. A 2012 study on New Year’s resolutions by the University of Scranton found that about 45% of Americans usually make resolutions at the beginning of the year, but Forbes claims that only 8% of people achieve their resolutions. The New York Times says the chances of sticking with a resolution for only a couple of months aren’t even all that great.

If you’re making a New Year’s resolution, we wish you the best of luck in achieving your goal. And even if you don’t stick with your resolutions (like most of us), we hope you have a great New Year!

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