Monday, January 3, 2011

Top 10 Commonly Broken New Year's Resolution

Happy New Year Everyone! For most of us we always have a promise or some kind of a resolution every year, but are we sticking to it? or we are amongst the people that fail to do so...

Here are the most commonly broken New Years Resolution ( Time website):

1.) Lose weight and Get Fit

~ It's one of the most common New Year's resolutions. After a season of way too many cookies, candies and holiday parties, it's only natural that a vow to lose weight and get fit would follow. Each January, fitness clubs offer deals and promotions to those who want to make good on their resolutions. To those who have been at the gym for the other 11 months of the year, the crowded classes and treadmill lines make the new year a dreaded time.

2.) Quit Smoking

~ So you want to quit smoking? You should. it yellows your teeth,
infiltrates all your clothing, irritates your significant other and
charms only those in an ever dwindling crowd of fellow smokers,
So what better time than now? Good luck. Only an estimated
15% of people who try to quit manage to stay cigarette-free six
months later.

3.) Learn Something New

~ You've been meaning to learn French. You'd love to play the
piano. How great would it be to really know how to cook?
You'll read the Mastering the Art of French, Cooking, and,
man, you'll master it. You can even work on your French at
the same time! Resolving to learn something new is exciting:
the world is full of fascinating facts, skills and talents. And the
process of discovering them, not just the end result, is
enjoyable and rewarding.
At least, for a while. Soon you remember there's a reason
you haven't learned all this yet. French is too hard to
pronounce. Piano takes too much practice.

4.) Eat Healthier and Diet

~ During holidays, everything we consume is pretty much awful for us: eggnog, fudge, chips and dip, cheese balls. 2011 will be different. Gone are the days of nachos and chicken wings at happy hour and belt-busting brunches on Sundays. It's time to eat healthy. We promise to swap eggs and bagels for granola and oatmeal breakfasts; eat lean, protein-rich salads (nonfat dressing on the side, please) and fruit for lunch; cook fish and brown rice for dinner and serve it up with a side of spinach. It all sounds so good and possible on Jan 2.
The problem is that most people take this resolution too far by forcing themselves onto restricting diets they can't possibly keep. As the saying goes, try everything in moderation, including

5.) Get out of Debt and Save Money

~ After a particularly trying financial year (and the always budget-unfriendly month of December), consumers might call for a halt to spending and vow to manage their debt more effectively. With unemployment still high, the sad fact about this 2011 resolution is that many people will have difficulty accomplishing it, and not through any fault of their own. Financial planners advise making specific budget-friendly rules, rather than pronouncing overarching and often unattainable goals.

6.) Spend more time with Family

~ Everyone's busy these days, it's true. But blood is thicker than water, and the beginning of the year is an ideal time to reconnect with family that you haven't seen in a while. Great idea, right? Then February arrives, reality sets in, and you realize that the reason you didn't see cousin Jim more often is because he really isn't that interesting at all. Or that plan to spend more time with the kids? Well, it turns out that work doesn't magically disappear with the dawning of a new year, and you're at the office more than ever. It's a hard promise to keep- no matter how sincere the desire.

7.) Travel to New Places

~ A new year and a new world of opportunities to explore - and places, too. Travel of some sort is on almost everyone's agenda, and some of the first things we tend to think of in a new year are those exotic destinations we'd hope to seek out. Take that road trip to rugged Nova Scotia, ride a hot-air balloon over the strange terrain of Cappadocia, go on your first ocean cruise. Or don't. In the aftermath of the Great Recession, budgets are tight and staycations are in. Besides, not traveling spares all the headache of planning, applying perhaps for a visa(yes, Americans have to do that sometimes), or fretting over getting scammed in some foreign locale and getting someone to tend to
your plants and puppy.

8.) Be Less Stressed

~ It's not a bad idea to resolve to be less stressed. Even without the extra craziness presented by the holidays, it's easy to get overwhelmed by work and family obligations, to get carried away by an existential crisis or to create a crisis out of wondering whether or not you bought the right color handbag (worst still: experiencing all crises at once). Less stress can make you healthier and happier, so in the coming year you'll light soothing candles and take more bubble baths. You'll quit searching for more things to worry about and find your zen instead.
Unfortunately, stressing less is likely to be the first resolution
you'll break.

9.) Volunteer

~ It may be a new year, but there are still old problems in the world. To start out on the right foot, you may resolve to lend a helping hand. You can help build a house, care for an animal, distribute food to the hungry, tutor a student. Volunteering could be the resolution that keeps on giving - to yourself and to others.
But even the most compassionate among us can fall back on out commitments. Finding time all too often proves harder than finding money, and many would-be volunteers will probably end up writing checks instead.

10.) Drink Less

~ After the morning of Jan. 1, it's not surprising you probably wish you drank less. The question is whether that resolve will last for the other 364 days of the year. Drinking less is undoubtedly good for you: it's better for your health, your wallet and probably your reputation. Then why do we keep on boozing? Folk more learned than we may point to modern science for definitive answers, but we prefer those Greco-Roman ancients who proclaimed "In vino veritas" - " In wine [and whiskey, vodka, gin and beer], there is truth." They said it, not us.

By: Debbie P.
My Life is Beautiful

Sources: Time website

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