Thinking of Making New Year’s Resolutions? The 10 Most Common Things We Want to Change Every Year

Every year, millions of people around the world make New Year’s resolutions in hopes of bettering themselves in the upcoming year. However, as we all know, it can be challenging to stick to these resolutions throughout the whole year.

In fact, studies show that less than 25% of people actually stay committed to their resolutions after 30 days and only 8% achieve their goals by the end of the year. So what are some of the most common New Year’s resolutions that people make, and how can you commit to them for the long haul?

Exercise More

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One of the top resolutions every year is to exercise more and maintain a healthier lifestyle. The motivation behind this resolution is usually to lose weight, improve physical health, and increase energy levels. To stick to this resolution, it’s essential to set realistic goals and create an exercise plan that fits your schedule and abilities. Finding an exercise buddy or joining a fitness class for accountability and support is also helpful.

Eat Healthier

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Eating healthier is another popular resolution, often linked to weight loss and overall wellness. To make this resolution stick, focus on incorporating more fruits, vegetables, and whole foods into your diet while limiting processed and high-calorie foods. Meal planning and preparation can also help you stay on track.

Save More Money

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Financial goals are always in the top ten list of New Year’s resolutions. Saving more money can provide a sense of security and help you achieve bigger financial goals in the long run. Start by creating a budget and tracking your expenses to identify areas where you can cut back. Consider setting up automatic savings contributions or using an app that helps you save spare change. Check out round-up apps like Fidelity Bloom or Acorn to help build your savings.

Travel More

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Many people make resolutions to travel more and explore new places. It’s a great way to expand your horizons, learn about different cultures, and create unforgettable memories. Make this resolution a reality by setting aside a specific amount of money each month for travel expenses and researching affordable destinations or ways to make travel more budget-friendly.

Learn Something New

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Learning a new skill or hobby is not only enjoyable, but it can also boost self-confidence and mental well-being. Whether it’s a new language, instrument, or craft, make time in your schedule to dedicate to learning something new. Enroll in a class or join a group of like-minded individuals for added motivation and support. Whether it’s learning about the art of being a sommelier or skydiving, commit to learning something new.

Quit Smoking

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Quitting smoking is one of the most challenging resolutions, but it’s also one of the most beneficial for your health. If you’re a smoker, start by setting a quit date and gradually reducing the number of cigarettes you smoke each day. Seek support from friends, family, or a professional to help you stay on track.

Spend More Time With Family

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In today’s fast-paced world, many people feel like they don’t spend enough quality time with their loved ones. Make it a priority to schedule regular family activities and create meaningful connections with your family members. This could be as simple as having a weekly game night or planning a family vacation.


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Giving back to the community is a popular resolution for those who want to make a positive impact in the world. Research local volunteer opportunities and find a cause that speaks to your heart. Not only will you be helping others, but you’ll also feel a sense of fulfillment and purpose.

Get Organized

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Clutter and disorganization can add unnecessary stress to our lives. Make it a resolution to declutter and organize your living spaces, whether it’s at home or at work. Set aside time each day or week to tackle a specific area, and enlist the help of loved ones if needed.

Read More

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Reading is a fantastic way to expand your knowledge and imagination. Make it a resolution to read more books in the coming year, whether for pleasure or personal development. Set achievable reading goals, join a book club, or find a reading challenge to keep you motivated. Look for online book clubs like Reese’s Book Club or Oprah’s Book Club to help you stay connected to the current must-read books.

New Year’s resolutions are a fantastic way to challenge yourself and make positive changes. As you already know, change doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time and effort.  Setbacks will happen. Avoid putting a tremendous amount of pressure on yourself to keep each resolution you might have made. Staying committed to even 20% of your goals is enough to create a lasting change in your life. Happy New Year!

The 2 Things You Need to Survive the Holiday Drama

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Okay, friends, the holidays are coming; who’s ready to run the gauntlet of stress and family drama?  Between the last-minute gift buying and feeling like you might as well pitch a tent at the grocery store, holidays are like running the hurdles at a high school track meet. Eventually, due to crushing fatigue, you don’t jump high enough and get whacked in the groin, launching yourself into the air and landing with a spectacular face plant!


Blended Families and The Holidays: Can It Be Enjoyable?

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You have re-married! Congratulations! Its incredible to be in love and happy again!! Your love story feels amazing. As a couple you want to celebrate your new life and you can’t wait to share blended family holidays!

Blended families are one of the most challenging and rewarding things about re-marriage. Often, one of the most destructive things to a second marriage is the stepchildren. Loyalties are triggered, birth parents feel defensive or embarrassed by their kid’s behavior, and the non-bio parent feels left out of rituals and memories of family history.

It can be a real circus.

Empty Nest Loneliness During the Holidays is Real.

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Remember when we used to dream about having the house to ourselves? Those crazy detailed fantasies of a clean and quiet home were so tempting! I used to dream about the days when I wouldn’t be tripping over my son’s big, smelly shoes that had been dumped in the doorway…

This article written and syndicated by Midlife is Magical.


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Melane Ann is a writer, blogger, and life coach. In 2020, she turned her experience in midlife divorce and creating a new life for herself into midlifeismagical. With a master's in Marriage and Family Therapy, Melane focuses on helping women over 50 navigate their relationships and commit to healthy aging. She and her new husband share 7 children between them. Melane jokes that she has a black belt in blended families! In addition to her writing, Melane works virtually with her coaching clients from her home office.

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