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What’s the No. 1 New Year’s Resolution?
According to research, it’s usually the desire to live healthier. Statista, a marketing research firm, puts the figure at 23 percent.
It’s followed by:
Personal improvement or happiness, 21 percent
Losing weight, 20 percent
Career or job goals, 16 percent
This got me thinking about what else statistics might tell us about this annual tradition. Of course, it’s hard to say for sure, so let’s take this all with a grain of salt. But it’s still fun!
For example: What’s the failure rate of resolutions?
Some estimates say 80 percent. But puts it as high as 91 percent by the end of the year.
Inc. also says that, at six months, the success rate is 46 percent – compared with just 4 percent of people who make a goal but don’t make a resolution.
Times change
Quitting smoking used to be No. 1; now it’s down to around 16 percent, maybe because fewer people smoke at all these days. Yay!
Ever heard of “Quitter’s Day”?
Strava, a global sports “community,” studied countless data points to determine most people quit by January 19. Mark that day on your calendar!
How many of us make resolutions? About what?
Impossible to say, of course. But estimated that 188.9 million Americans resolved for 2021 to learn something new, make a lifestyle change, or set a personal goal, up 15 percent from the previous year. The top six categories that keep us to this holiday tradition relate to money, health, career, self-improvement, family, and love.
That all sounds good to me, and I hope you find more fulfillment in all those aspects of life!