Are New Year’s Resolutions Worth It?

EUGENE, Ore. – Many people are hitting the gym to welcome 2014, but only about 45% of Americans say they usually make a New Years resolution. That’s according to a University of Scranton study, published earlier this month in the Journal of Clinical Psychology.

The study says 38 percent of Americans absolutely never make resolutions. Two of the most common goals deal with improving health and quitting smoking.

Most people we talked to in Eugene say it is tough to follow through with resolutions, but it never hurts to focus on new goals.

“I think having goals is great. I’m just very aware that the first time you fall short of a goal, you kind of feel like a failure. Then the rest of the year is just a loss,” says Jonathan Lidbeck

“I think it makes you think about your life and what you’re doing,” says Mary Anderton. “Think about, do I want to change things, or are they okay? And I think that’s good. I think we all need to do a little bit of that,” she says.

According to the study, only about 8 percent of New Year’s goals made each year are actually achieved.

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