Forty-five percent of Americans usually make a New Year’s resolution, but not everybody keeps them.

The New Year is nearly here and many people have already made their resolution for 2014.  When the new calendar begins it signifies so much for us and our resolve to start the year off right is strong.  Many want to get in shape, others want to quit smoking.  Some of us maintain our drive and are able to keep our New Year’s resolution.  But for others the pledge goes unfulfilled. Here’s a look at some statistics from a study published by the University of Scranton, Journal of Clinical Psychology on the very popular practice of making New Year’s resolutions.  Regardless of where you stand in the numbers, may your 2014 be healthy and prosperous!

Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for 2014

  1. Lose Weight
  2. Get 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

New Year’s Resolution Statistics

45% of Americans usually make a resolution

8% of people are successful in achieving their resolution

24% of people are never successful and fail on their resolution each year

39% of people in their 20’s achieve their resolution each year

14% of people over the age of 50 achieve their resolution each year

75% of the resolutions are maintained through the first week

46% of the resolutions are maintained past 6 months