In the beginning of 2018, Americans had hoped to save more money throughout the year, lose weight, travel more, or learn new skills and hobbies(according to their new year resolutions). In, what is now last year, 2019, Americans were hoping to exercise more, eat healthier, also save money, and also lose weight but studies show us that we don’t actually follow through with our New Year Resolutions.

According to the Washington Post, 40% of all Americans make resolutions. Unfortunately, a survey by Statista shows us that four percent of resolution-makers in 2018, actually kept them throughout 2019.

Why is it that we give into breaking our over-the-top commitments? Well, because they are over-the-top. By January 10th of this new year, we are predicted to have left our resolutions behind.

It is clearly unlikely to succeed in our goals when we make ones that are extreme or drastic. Starting small and being realistic with yourself will help aid forming healthier and more positive habits.Researchers Gaby Judah, Benjamin Gardner, and Robert Augner conducted a study back in 2012, that suggested to create small habits such as flossing or eating healthier, by teaming them up with things you already do. Those who flossed after they brushed their teeth as opposed to before, were found to have formed stronger flossing habits. 

If the goals you set can be incorporated into the daily activities and routines you already have, you are much closer to gaining an ability to reach higher. What do you want to accomplish in 2020?