Tired of letting your New Year’s resolutions fall to the wayside? You’re not alone. Only an estimated 8% of people who make resolutions actually end up achieving their goal, which means 92% are failing miserably at fulfilling the resolutions they set. That’s not surprising, considering the difficulty of the resolutions we commonly set – goals pertaining to fitness, productivity, happiness, and stability can be easy to set but challenging to achieve.
The top 10 New Year’s resolutions are listed below. These are the most common goals Americans want to achieve at the start of the new year – reading the top resolutions is a lot like getting a sneak peek into the zeitgeist of the nation by seeing the things in life that are most important and most desired by its people (fitness, family, personal fulfillment, etc.).
Read the top 10 resolutions and see if you can come up with one not on the list!
Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions
These are the top 10 New Year’s resolutions each year. Keep reading to find other New Year’s resolution statistics, including how long the average resolution lasts.
- Stay fit and healthy – 37%
- Lose weight – 32%
- Enjoy life to the fullest – 28%
- Spend less, save more – 25%
- Spend more time with family and friends – 19%
- Get organized – 18%
- Will not make any resolutions – 16%
- Learn something new/new hobby – 14%
- Travel more – 14%
- Read more – 12%
Interesting New Year’s Resolution Statistics
- 45% of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions
- 38% absolutely never make New Year’s resolutions
- 17% infrequently make New Year’s resolutions
Of those who make resolutions…
- 49% Have infrequent success
- 24% Say they fail every single year
- 8% Say they are successful in achieving their resolution
- People who make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t
It seems that age matters when it comes to resolutions…
- 39% of people in their twenties achieve their resolutions each year
- But only 14% of people age 50 and up achieve their resolutions
What kinds of resolutions are most popular? Note: The total of these statistics is greater than 100% because some respondents made multiple resolutions in one year.
- Self-improvement, education-related resolutions (47%)
- Weight loss, weight gain, fitness-related resolutions (38%)
- Financial, budgeting, career-related resolutions (34%)
- Family, friends, spouse, relationship-related resolutions (31%)
How long do people typically stick with resolutions?
- Less than a week (43%)
- One month or less (66%)
- Less than three months (80%)
- Less than a year (86%)
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