Jan. 2, 2013 —
The federal government has research that shows about half of all Americans will make New Year’s resolutions for 2013.
Since this is New Year’s, we are sharing information that might help our readers be successful in resolving to improve this year.
By the way, that research also shows that most resolutions don’t survive the first month of the new year.
The obvious key to making and keeping a resolution is to stay within the bounds of reality.
Resolving to get rich in 2013 when you didn’t have a job at the end of 2012 doesn’t make much sense, of course.
To get started, let’s look at the most common resolutions as determined by researchers working with government grants funded by American taxpayers.
Here are the 13 most common ones to consider as you finalize your list for 2013. We added some comments.
Become physically fit. – That won’t happen just by exercising the hand that holds the TV remote.
Cope with stress. – We suggest you regularly go for a walk or watch fish in an aquarium or soak your feet or take a nap.
Drink less alcohol. – Distillers and brewers say “drink responsibly” in their ads. That makes sense in any year.
Eat healthy food. – Fast food places provide information on fat and caloric content of those things we love to munch.
Find a better job. – This one has been tough of late but we believe that faint light at the end of the economic tunnel is a better job market, not another locomotive.
Get a better education. – With public colleges nearby, this one becomes more realistic each year. And don’t be shy about asking for financial assistance.
Lose weight. – Some of us seem to take pride in the fact that Americans are the fattest folks in the world. Let’s agree to see less of each other.
Manage debt. – Einstein said doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is insanity. Make a household budget and stick to it.
Quit smoking. – None of us should be proud of the highest lung cancer rates in the U.S.
Reduce, reuse, and recycle. – Three cheers for environmental sanity.
Save money. – A penny saved is a penny earned.
Take a trip. – How long since you had a Sunday drive or a getaway weekend?
Volunteer to help others. – We believe Mother Teresa said it best: “Charity and love are the same -- with charity you give love, so don't just give money but reach out your hand instead.”