The New Year is Here

Many of us become a little excited when the new year comes around. It is a time to start fresh, to live healthier, and to make better decisions about life as a whole. But how long do these “resolutions” last most people? A recent study by the University of Scranton showed data on what type of resolutions are typically made, what ages follow through, and how long the resolution lasts. Suprisingly , almost 50% of the study sample reported that after 6 months they are still staying true to their New Year’s resolutions. However, by the full year, less than 9% of study participants kept true to their personal promises.

These were the top 10 resolutions made by the people in the sample:
1 Lose Weight
2 Getting Organized
3 Spend Less, Save More
4 Enjoy Life to the Fullest
5 Staying 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

Any of them sound familiar to you? Have you ever attempted to keep one of these changes in your life and failed? Sometimes trying to do it on your own can be daunting and difficult. Trying to find a friend, coworker, or family member to make some of these changes with you can be a good way to hold yourself accountable, and may motivate some to stay on track. Also, remember that in order to make these changes life long, there will definately be some “slip ups” along the way. You may say, “I had a peice of cake, my diet is ruined so I might as well eat bad for the rest of the day.” However, this catastrophic thinking will get you no where with your goals. The next meal is your next opportunity to make a good choice. Throwing in the towel is sure to land you in the 50% that does not succeed with their resolutions.

Counseling is a great way to help you achieve success. Counseling is not only applicable in situations where your life seems overwhelming or grief stricken. It is a great way to set your mind up for success in all parts of your life.

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Have a Happy New Year!!!

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