What Are Your New Year’s Resolutions?
I hope that your New Year is already off to a fantastic start! It is that time again when most people will either make a resolution, or at least contemplate it, for the coming year. Everyone has a mental list of habits they would like to change, and the New Year seems like a perfect time to start. “New Year, new you” is a familiar phrase. Time to take that clean slate and make a fresh start-right? But how many people will accomplish those resolutions by the end of 2015? Let’s first take a look at the most common New Year’s Resolutions.
According to a study by the University of Scranton, the top 10 New Year’s resolutions for 2014 were:
1. Lose Weight
2. Get Organized
3. Spend Less, Save More
4. Enjoy Life to the Fullest
5. Stay Fit and Healthy
6. Learn Something Exciting
7. Quit Smoking
8. Help Others in Achieving Their Dreams
9. Fall in Love
10. Spend More Time with Family
Are any of the top 10 on your list for the New Year? I wonder what the top 10 list will be for 2015. Statistics say they will be very similar. Most people resolve to do the same things over and over each year!
Here are some interesting stats to support the top 10 resolutions:
- 35.6 adults in the US are obese and 38.5 believe they are overweight.
- The average office employee spend 1.5 hours per day looking for things, which is 6 weeks per year.
- 31% of American adults do not have savings set aside for retirement or emergencies.
- 1 in 4 do not take a vacation, and half of those who vacation, work or think about it during their time off.
- Staying fit and healthy is an aspiration but less than half of us are willing to do much to achieve it, especially as they get older. If only paying for a gym membership did the trick by itself!
- The Department of Labor estimates that the average worker will switch careers 3 to 5 times during their working life. 20% of Americans are enrolled in personal interest courses.
- In 2013, 70% of people who smoked wanted to quit smoking all together and 40% attempted to quit in 2014. However, only 7%, will succeed in quitting on their first attempt.
- Over 50% of adults believe in love at first sight, however, only 25% of adults believe that there is someone out there that she or he could fall in love with.
- About 23% of adults spend time helping household members, while about 20% spend time helping their children. The average time spent per week on each of these activities is two hours.
The Bottom Line
Approximately 50% of people in North America will make a New Year’s resolution. Of those, 8% will keep it for a year. Don’t lose hope though. It turns out people who make a New Year’s resolution are 10 times more likely to change their lives than those who don’t.
Something to Think about:
I was surprised to see that ‘fall in love’ and ‘spend more time with family’ were at the bottom. I guess that means that most people feel pretty good about their personal relationships. The good news is that they were both in the top 10 list of resolutions that most people make. If you were to look at the top 10 resolutions, and rank them according to how important each is to you in 2015, which three would be at the top of your list?
Words of Wisdom:
“Dates that come around every year help us measure progress in our lives. One annual event, New Year’s Day, is a time of reflection and resolution.” ― Joseph B. Wirthlin
“Let our New Year’s resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word.” ― Goran Persson
“Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed.” ― Cavett Robert
“Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.” – Dale Carnegie
“The odds of hitting your target go up dramatically when you aim at it.” – Mal Pancoast
A Friendly Challenge:
Did you make a resolution this year? If those who make a New Year’s resolution are 10 times more likely to change their lives than those who don’t, it sounds like a great idea. There’s no time like the present to change for the better!
Happy New Year!
— Teresa Ryan and Ryan Hill Realty
If one of your resolutions is to become a homeowner or to change your home, I am happy to help you with all your Naperville or Chicago area real estate needs. Call me, Teresa Ryan at 630-276-7575. As a Naperville luxury real estate expert and Broker/Owner of Ryan Hill Realty – www.RyanHillRealty.com, I have the experience and tools to help you meet your goals.