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Lose Weight, Quit Smoking, Get Out Of Debt: What’s Your New Year’s Resolution?

Submitted by on December 31, 2011 – 10:07 am10 Comments

2012 is just hours away, and that means a fresh start for many. This is the season of new beginnings, and almost half of adult Americans will begin by pledging better health, better money management, or any number of New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately, according to one study, as few as 12% of resolutions will be carried through (though other statistics are more sunny). How can you help carry out your promises for better habits?

Experts agree that being specific is key. CNN offers these tips from psychology professor John Norcross:

Make short, attainable goals; develop a specific action plan; establish confidence in your plan; and publicly declare your resolutions to hold yourself accountable.

For example, saying that you will sign up for a spinning class and go twice a week for two months gives a clearer plan than saying you will “work out more;” and telling your friends and family can make you feel more obligated to keep your promises.

Do you find yourself in the rare situation of having nothing to improve (or perhaps having so much that it’s just overwhelming)? Graphic designer Monina Velarde has created a sleek Resolution Generator for just such a need. Some of our favorite suggestions include:

  • Throw a costume party
  • Follow your own advice
  • Floss
  • Stay away from gas station slushies

Do you have a New Year’s Resolution? Let us know about it in the comments section. And have a very Happy New Year!

[image via The Daily Record]

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