New Year's Resolutions 2010 -11

Are you a New YearÕs resolution kind of person? 2011 is not far away and with that people still make New Year's resolutions as a way of becoming aware of their issues in hope of turning their lives around. Good luck with that.


New Year's resolution is a commitment that an individual makes to a project or the reforming of a habit, often a lifestyle change that is generally interpreted as advantageous. The name comes from the fact that these commitments normally go into effect on New Year's Day. Some examples include resolutions to donate to the poor more often, to become more assertive, or to become more environmentally responsible.

There are religious parallels to this secular tradition. People may act similarly during the Christian fasting period of Lent, though the motive behind this holiday is more of sacrifice than of responsibility. During Judaism's New Year, Rosh Hashanah, through the High Holidays and culminating in Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), one is to reflect upon one's wrongdoings over the year and both seek and offer forgiveness. The concept, regardless of creed, is to reflect upon self-improvement annually.

Recent research shows that while 52% of participants in a resolution study were confident of success with their goals, only 12% actually achieved their goals. Men achieved their goal 22% more often when they engaged in goal setting, (a system where small measurable goals are being set, such as, a pound a week, instead of saying "lose weight"), while women succeeded 10% more when they made their goals public and got support from their friends.. Despite each goal having its own specific rewards and challenges, there are deep commonalities in the mindsets which start change.

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Top 10 New Year's Resolutions

Finding a Fitness Routine that Fits (Your Personality)   Live Science - December 26, 2010
Many of us Š especially after washing down the last of the holiday sugar cookies with yet another cup of eggnog Š resolve to revamp our exercise routines in the New Year. Unfortunately, as earnest as the plans may be, the odds of following through are pretty dismal. A yearlong study of 3,000 people with New Year's resolutions found that only 12 percent reached their goals, according to research conducted in 2007 by psychologist Richard Wiseman of the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom. But while many resolutions are about not doing something - avoiding sugar, alcohol and sleeping in - resolutions about exercise are more positive. They add something to your life.