Millions of Americans make New Year's Resolutions every year. Unfortunately, many also brake them. The great thing about the beginning of another year is that people have a chance of redeeming themselves of bad choices that they have made. It also brings people new hopes, dreams, and ambitions. On a personal note, the only resolutions I make is to become a better person and to treat other human beings with honor and respect. This is the time of year when people reflect on the changes they want to make and promise themselves to follow through on them. The following 5 resolutions are some of the most popular among Americans:

Keeping In Touch With Family And Friends

At the beginning of a new year, many people often decide to spend more time with family and friends. During the course of a year, we all sometimes get so caught up in our personal lives, that we forget that about the rest of the world. Maybe someone is worried about their job security or their child sick and they have become distracted. These things can cause us not to stay in contact with family members the way we should. The same thing holds true for friendship. Sometimes friends move away and for whatever reason, people lose contact with each other. Or maybe you are going through personal problems and you do not want them to see you in your condition. According to one study, a lack of social bonding can be more dangerous than smoking. With social media websites available all over the Internet, it is easier than ever to stay in contact with family and friends. Appreciate your loved ones and friends.

Weight Loss

This is perhaps the most popular resolution-and maybe the most difficult-for many Americans to keep. It takes tremendous self-discipline and hard work in order to successfully lose weight, and more importantly, keep the pounds off. According to one study, more than 50% of Americans give up their exercise program within 6 months. Before you even start an exercise regimen, you should consult your doctor. He or she will give you a physical exam and make sure that you are healthy enough for it. You doctor will also offer suggestions on how to get the most out of your program. Studies have shown that regular exercise can reduce the risk of obesity, high blood pressure, arthritis, and maintain a healthy weight. You should incorporate a diet of healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, and lean meats.Also, make sure that you drink 6-8 glasses of water daily and get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. Almost inevitably, you will want to quit your exercise program and you should build a strong support system of family and friends. They can offer you the encouragement and support that you need to stick with it. You might also consider keeping a food journal in order to keep track of your daily progress.

Budgeting Money Better

Many Americans have a difficult time practicing discipline when it comes to budgeting their money. It is very tempting to purchase some clothing, shoes, or even a vehicle, even though you know that your budget says that you cannot afford it. If give into this temptation often enough, you will eventually be in debt. You can do some simple things in order to save money. Walking to work instead of driving can save you gas money. Buying generic foods instead of "name brand" foods can save you money, and sometimes, they taste better. If your local department stores have a customer rewards program, you should sign up. These stores offer good discounts, especially during the holidays. Clipping coupons out of your newspaper is another great way to put extra money in your pocket. Some people do not like going through the time of doing this, but the savings make the effort worth it. You should consider writing out a list of your needs and desires. Keep all of your receipts of your purchases in order to help you keep track of your spending habits. Keeping a money journal can help you because it will allow you to keep track of your progress. Ask your family members and friends to help you stay disciplined and focused on your goal. The good news about budgeting money is that it gets easier to do as time goes on.

Kick The Smoking Habit

According to one cardiovascular doctor, smoking is one of the most difficult habits to break. Practically any former smoker will tell you how hard it was for them to quit. Many of them tried to kick the habit several times before they finally succeeded. Some of them have used nicotine patches or other gadgets to try and stop. Others have tried to stop "cold turkey", which means that they tried to stop all at once. Smokers have to find out what method works best for them. If you quit smoking, you can significantly reduce your risk for lung cancer. You will also save money and improve your health.


Helping someone less fortunate is one of the best thing in the world you can do. It gives you a warm feeling inside and you can change that person's life forever. Sometimes you benefit more from helping them than they do in receiving your generosity. The great thing about volunteering is that you can do it in so many ways. You can assist senior citizens, help children learn how to read, or work at a food pantry to help the homeless. We all become busy in our everyday lives, but we can usually find some spare time in which we can help those in need. You might set a goal of spending one weekend out of a month to volunteer your time to a charitable organization. Within your own family, you can also offer your services. You can volunteer to shovel the snow for your elderly parents, or cut the grass for your partly disabled brother or sister. Another way you can help is to write a check to an organization or worthy cause. Caution:Do some research into a charitable organization that you may want to donate money to. Some of them do not help people as much as you may think and could be scams. Helping your church raise money for a clothing drive, or comforting someone in need are other things you can do to help. The wonderful thing about volunteering is that anyone can do it and it does not cost any money. All it takes is love, concern, and time.

This is just a small list of New Year's Resolutions that Americans make every year. Everyone's resolutions are different, but they are important to all of us. Perhaps the best thing about them is that they give us another chance at achieving new goals and reflect on our lives. No matter what your resolution is, good luck in achieving it!