We are nine days into 2019 and that crunching sound you hear everywhere is folks walking over their broken New Year’s resolutions.
Normally, most of us feel good about resolving to improve our own life or sometimes we think of family members or friends or even total strangers.
Our intentions usually are honorable, even charitable at times, but most resolutions don’t last more than a week, according to researchers.
Being curious about what others include in their New Year’s resolutions, I did some online research and found that the top two wishes are saving money (53 percent) and losing weight or getting in shape (45 percent).
Quitting smoking previously was high on the list but fell to eighth (16 percent).
Not surprisingly, having a more active sex life was third at 25 percent but finding true love was ninth at only 15 percent. Those results might be seen as mixed for the online match-makers.
More travel came in fourth (24 percent), just ahead of reading more books (23 percent) and learning a new skill or hobby (22 percent).
My son-in-law the homebuilder won’t be pleased to learn that buying a house only appeared on 21 percent of the lists.
I conducted my own poll at a convenience store and came up with two unrealistic but optimistic resolutions.
A man said his top resolution was winning one of the big lottery jackpots worth at least $100 million. When I asked how he could influence such an outcome, his answer was simple: buy more tickets this year.
A woman said her No. 1 resolution was finding a good husband to help her raise her children. She has been divorced three times so I asked what would be different this time. Her answer: everyone knows the fourth time is a charm. I didn’t have the heart to tell her it is the third.
And if you’re concerned that it’s too late to change for this year, remember that the Chinese New Year doesn’t start until Feb. 16.
Keith Kappes can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 356-0912.