Common New Year S Resolutions

One advantage of making common New Year”s resolutions is that you”ll find plenty of company. The swarms making their way to the gym or the weight loss meeting have plenty of room for one more. Your New Year”s resolution doesn”t have to break new ground, as long as you”re committed and you can be specific about what you wish to accomplish.

Polls taken early in the New Year indicate that most people make resolutions. They tend to fall into four common categories:

  • altruism
  • health
  • quality of life
  • self-improvement.

Reports on the most common New Year”s resolutions differ among pollsters and they vary from one year to the next, but they invariably include the following among the top 10:

  • losing weight
  • quitting smoking
  • reducing stress
  • saving more money
  • spending more time with family and/or friends
  • working out or getting fit.

New Year”s Health Resolutions

Many of the common New Year”s resolutions fall into the health and well-being category. Losing weight is a big one, particularly with the attention to obesity in America and the ceaseless media-flogged vision of the ideal female body.

One side of the weight loss resolution is a commitment to healthful eating. Some folks vow to eat more fruits, vegetables, legumes, fiber, nuts or calcium-rich foods, while others promise themselves less grease, fat, sugar or coffee.

A promise to quit smoking is also among the most common health resolutions as are vows to get more sleep and to cease illegal drug use.

New Year”s Self-Improvement Resolutions

New Year”s resolutions with a self-improvement theme are on the rise. These include:

  • developing more patience
  • establishing good routines
  • getting a better job (i.e., one that is more satisfying, one with a higher salary)
  • getting organized
  • learning something new (i.e., learning to knit, learning new language)
  • spending more time on study, work or skill building.

New Year”s Financial Resolutions

Today, people have felt the impact of stock market crashes, disappearing pension funds, dire predictions about Social Security and skyrocketing gas prices. They”ve also accumulated more debt than any generation before them. These effects can be seen in these common New Year”s resolutions:

  • cutting up or freezing the credit cards
  • getting a raise or higher paying job
  • getting out of debt
  • reducing expenses
  • saving money
  • sticking to a leaner budget.

New Year”s Quality of Life Resolutions

Many people feel as though they are stuck in a rut: They vow to take control of their lives and make changes that will improve the quality of their lives. More and more of the common New Year”s resolutions fall into this category, such as:

  • freeing up weekends
  • getting rid of clutter
  • making new friends
  • reducing stress
  • spending less time at the office
  • spending more time with the kids
  • taking a real vacation.


Wilson, Paul (2006). Top 10 Most Common New Year Resolutions for 2006. Retrieved October 1, 2007, from the Ezine Articles Web site: