Most people make plans to stop smoking in the year. Getty images
It’s the end of the year and as usual many people will be making plans to improve or change their lives in the coming year, but do New Year’s resolutions work?
According to the University of Scranton and published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, 45 percent of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions while 17 percent infrequently make them and 38 percent absolutely never make resolutions.
Most resolutions were related to self-improvement or education while relationship solutions and plans were in the least.
The study also found that 39% of young people in their twenties had a higher success rate in achieving those goals/resolutions while only 14% of those over fifty reported success.
While some people hardly managed to stick to their resolutions for even a week, 46% of those surveyed managed to maintain their resolutions for about 6 months.
Here’s the top 10 list of New Year’s resolutions from 2012, according to the University of Scranton research.
1. Lose Weight
2. Getting Organized
3. Spend Less, Save More
4. Enjoy Life to the Fullest
5. Staying Fit and Healthy
6. Learn Something Exciting
7. Quit Smoking
8. Help Others in Their Dreams
9. Fall in Love
10. Spend More Time with Family