Will You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions? This Data Predicts Your Success.

Source: www.newrepublic.com – Tuesday, December 31, 2013
The number of Americans planning to reinvent themselves on January 1 is on the wane: A CBS poll found that only 32 percent of Americans are making New Year’s resolutions this year, down from 42 percent two years ago and over half in 1985. What separates the ones who will actually change their behavior from the ones who won’t quite remember their resolution by the end of January? In 1985, a group of psychologists, led by John Norcross of the University of Scranton, set out to study New Year’s resolutions as a window into self-motivated change. In December of that year, Norcross and his team recruited 200 American adults who planned to make New Year’s resolutions and checked in with them periodically over the course of two years. Each subject made an average of 1.8 resolutions, though Norcross focused on each person’s “primary” resolution; the most common ones were to lose weight (38 percent), stop smoking (30 percent), improve a relationship (5 percent), drink less (2 percent) and save more money (2 percent). One week into the new year, 77 percent of the participants reported that they were on track, but the numbers decline steadily thereafter: After a month, 55 percent said that they had kept their resolution, 40 percent after six months and only 19 percent after two years. The point of the study wasn’t just to discourage people who are determined to change—Norcross’ research provides clues into what makes us succeed or fail. Don

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