What Americans Wanted to Achieve in 2022

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Believe it or not, 2022 is beginning to wind down, and 2023 will be here before you know it. For many, the approach of a new year means that it’s time to start thinking about New Year’s resolutions – “new year, new you,” as the saying goes. (Speaking of that, here are 25 of the best motivational workout quotes.)

Maybe you’ll promise yourself to quit smoking, or to cut back on social media doom-scrolling. If so, you’re not alone: those are two of the most popular resolutions, at least according to one study. 

About 41% of Americans make a New Year’s resolution every year, and, as you can probably guess, the vast majority – as much as 91% – don’t stick with them. 

There are some ways to increase your odds of achieving your year-end promises to yourself, though. First, make sure that your goal is specific; walking for 30 minutes five times a week, for example. Second, make sure that it’s challenging enough to motivate you. Third, make sure that it’s a goal you’re passionate about achieving, and that your heart is in it. Fourth, have a support system in place to keep you on-track. And finally, divide the main goal into smaller, more manageable goals. (Here are 30 reasons why walking is the best exercise.) 

To compile a list of the most popular New Year’s resolutions Americans made for 2022, 24/7 Tempo reviewed a report by consumer data site Statista. Information came from an online survey conducted in November 2021 among nearly 400 respondents.  

New Year’s resolutions have a reputation for being nearly impossible to achieve, and with good reason. If you don’t achieve yours, don’t feel bad. There’s always next year – which will be here before you know it.

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