The Surprising Statistics Behind New Year’s Resolutions

Updated 10/23/17

Earlier today my sister and I were talking about our New Year’s resolutions. I want to be healthy, get fit, and finally write the book I’ve been talking about writing. She hasn’t figured hers out yet, but she told me her boyfriend hopes to do more yoga and wear sunglasses. It got me thinking about New Year’s resolutions in general and I started to wonder how many people actually follow through on their resolutions? After doing some research, I was surprised to learn that only 45 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions.

I’ve always made them and practically everyone I know has some sort of goal for the new year, so I figured that more than half the population also made them. What’s even more shocking is the percentage of people who are successful in achieving their resolution: a mere 8 percent! The majority of resolutions are self-improvement or education-related and 39 percent of people in their twenties achieve their resolutions. Only 46 percent of people maintain their resolution for six months. Wondering what the top 10 New Year’s resolutions for 2015 were?

I list them out below.

  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 their dreams
  9. Fall in love
  10. Spend more time with family

If your resolution is to lose weight, track your progress with a Fitbit, stylishly remade by Tory Burch.

Are you making a resolution this year? What is it?

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