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8% of people stick to their New Year’s Resolutions… What’s yours?

A study done by the University of Scranton says only 8 percent of people actually achieve their New Year’s resolutions. So, the odds aren’t exactly in you...

The new year is right around the corner, and for many of us, that means New Year’s resolutions. Millions of people make new year’s resolutions every year. But the issue is always sticking to them.

A study done by the University of Scranton says only 8 percent of people actually achieve their New Year’s resolutions. So, the odds are not exactly in your favor. But, that doesn’t stop people from making them!

We asked some locals what they’re hoping to achieve in the new year.

Davina Duffy/ Huntsville: “I’m hoping for prosperity and good health for the new year.” 

Cory Walker/ Huntsville: “My New Year’s Resolution is really to just to move forward, no fear. Go after those goals.  Try not to mentally hold myself back.” 

Deborah Walker/ Huntsville: “I’ve learned a lot about Resolutions and haven’t had a lot of success with keeping them. So, I’m just focussing on some goals for the New Year.”  

The most popular New Year’s Resolutions in 2020? According to a study by “Ipsos”, Just over half of Americans are aiming to eat healthier, become more active– and have a resolution that deals with their finances. 

About 30 percent want to spend more time with friends and family, volunteer and even fall in love. 

And Some of the lower ranking resolutions? About 19 percent of Americans want to quit smoking, drink less alcohol and get more sleep.

Resolutions are popular among people of all ages.

Huntsville teenager, Kyra Walker, tells our reporter, “My New Year’s Resolution is mostly to get my grades up and keep ‘em up.” 

But how are you going to stick to your resolution? Some of the best ways to actually achieve your resolution this year? Start small.

Nick Mitchell tells our reporter he has this advice for anyone setting a resolution for this year: “Make realistic expectations for yourself. Not unrealistic. It’ll make it a little bit easier.” 

Other suggestions?

  • Try to achieve a goal with a friend to hold you accountable.
  • Celebrate small victories.
  • Don’t expect to quit anything “cold turkey. Be patient with your progress!
  • Always remember your reasons “why” you wanted to make the change in the first place. 

This year, there has been so much discussion about climate change. Just over 20 percent of Americans say their New Year’s resolution for 2020 is to be more eco-friendly and help reduce waste. 

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