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Many make New Year's resolutions, few complete

By Ben Stopka
On January 26, 2017

It is the start of the new year, which always brings about change. Resolutions are common among Americans but research suggests it is not so common to keep them. 

According to Forbes magazine, approximately 40% of Americans create resolutions in order to improve themselves and their lives.

Although many Americans make resolutions, Forbes reported that only about 8% achieve their resolutions by the end of the year. This means roughly 10.2 million Americans out of 318.9 million are successful in keeping their resolutions. 

This minority group, which includes some students and faculty at Kirkwood Community College, have their own secrets about how they succeed.

Dan Robinett, a second-year student with an undecided major, said he waits until he can “find a fault and then make it a personal goal to get better.” 

He said instead of saying “It’s Jan. 1 so I’m going to lose weight,” he waits until he can come up with a more meaningful resolution. He then makes that his annual resolution, not relying on the first day of the year to make his decision. 

In 2017, Robinett said his resolution is to visit his family more often as well as get better at his hobbies.

Resolutions aren’t just for the eager college student, though. Jed Peterson, History Professor, said his initial resolution was to be asked what his resolution was by a student writing an article, something he achieved very recently. 

He added that another resolution this year is “health and wealth.” He said he plans to be more health conscious and to get his financials in order.

For those who may need guidance in keeping their resolutions, WebMD offers “10 Ways To Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick.” The article suggests not to make one’s resolutions absolute and take bigger resolutions one step at a time. 

The article also stated that drinking orange juice or lemonade can help people stay on track, as this can replenish blood glucose that is lost during self-restraint.

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