SASKATOON – With the new year comes New Year’s resolutions, but are those personal promises we make to ourselves so 2015? According to a recent Ipsos poll only three in 10 Canadians will set a New Year’s resolution, and of those, 73 per cent eventually break them.
The top five resolutions for Canadians are:
- Living a healthier lifestyle
- Focus on the positives
- Spend more time with family and friends
- Be true to one’s self
- Learn something new
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They’re all great ideas, but are they taken seriously? A third of Ipsos poll respondents say resolutions are more a novelty than a serious commitment.
Fitness Focus manager Garrett Blackwell says he sees a wave of people sign up in January, but it isn’t long before the wave recedes.
“We always see an influx in January, February tend to be a busier month. It’ll start to die off in the spring,” Blackwell said.
How can you set yourself apart to make sure you are a part of the successful 27 per cent?
Mental health therapist Susan Burke says it’s best to only make personal plans.
“Sometimes people choose resolutions that are things like ‘I’m going to get my entire family to do this’. Those resolutions are very difficult because you’re choosing for other people and not for yourself. You have to bring it to a place where it’s you that can do the action because then you can count on yourself,” Burke said.