Top Resolutions for 2015

Posted by Kelli McKinney
Photo by Carol VanHook, CC / SA

Photo by Carol VanHook, CC / SA

It’s New Year’s Eve! Can you see the “fresh new year, fresh new me’s” flying past, brimming with good intention and hope?

A recent study by the University of Scranton’s Journal of Clinical Psychology says nearly half of us make these annual declarations known as New Year’s Resolutions. Forty-five percent of Americans set goals to improve themselves in the coming twelve months.

The most popular of these goals are:

  1. Lose Weight
  2. Get Organized
  3. Spend Less, Save More
  4. Enjoy Life to the Fullest
  5. Get Fit, Stay Healthy
  6. Learn Something Exciting

According to Louise Firth Campbell and Amram Shapiro, authors of The Book of Odds, 1 in 2.6 U.S. adults believe they are overweight, and Americans spend 9 million hours looking for things. When about a third of all American adults have no savings at all, a resolution to spend less and save more makes perfect sense. Odds authors say the chances that an American doesn’t plan to take their vacation are 1 in 4 – and if they do take a vacation, the odds are 1:2 that they’re thinking about work. While the top five aren’t really any surprise, it’s Resolution #6: Learn Something Exciting that holds the most promise.

No matter your age, the prospect of learning something new is what keeps people feeling connected with others and engaged with the world around them. Plus, in today’s economy, keeping your skills sharp can help you stay competitive in the job market. Whether you choose to take personal enrichment coursework or career-focused professional education, learning something new and interesting is a fantastic way to invest in yourself and your family.

A new year is a prime time to set goals and improve yourself. Where are you setting your sights this year? Will you work toward physical fitness, financial security, professional education or all of the above? Tell us about your plans in the comments below, and on behalf of Military Authority, best wishes for a safe, healthy and happy 2015!

 

Photo by Carol VanHook, CC / SA

 

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