Top New Year’s Resolutions for 2011

As we welcome 2011, let’s take a look at the popular New Year’s Resolutions for the upcoming year.

Of course, some of the “big” resolutions are timeless: “get in shape,” “quit smoking,” “quit drinking,” “spend more time with family and friends,” and “learn something new” rank amongst the most common.  However, there are four popular ones that in the current context of today seem more relevant than ever.

Losing Weight: At the beginning of 2010, about 190 million Americans (that’s roughly 2/3 of the nation) were either overweight or obese.  A far cry from vanity, the reasons to lose weight are  more serious than ever; the nation has reached the point where health issues are now the primary concern.

Find a Job: The recession hit us hard, and high unemployment rates was one of the biggest side effects.  While the economy and the job market are slowly recovering, becoming employed (or finding a more suitable job) is high on the priority list for many still.

Refinancing/Budgeting: Along with unemployment often comes debt, or at the very least financial strain.  With so many money concerns these days, lots of people are taking a closer look at their expected costs of 2011, and resolving to get a hold of their finances and debts.

Now, I realize that up until this point mycatholicblog seems like no fun at all.  You’re probably thinking, “Who brought this load of fun to the New Year’s Party?!”  But wait–our fourth Resolution is the one we consider most important:

Be Happy: Easier said than done, especially with the aforementioned concerns, right?  Well, sort of.  People are absolutely more motivated (and usually productive) when they’re happy.  Am I saying that being happy will erase all monetary debt?  No.  That’s, in fact, terrible financial advice!  But what I am saying is that being happy, or at least peaceful, will absolutely help you obtain overall health, so that you have the energy and the mindset to tackle some of the aforementioned bigger problems.  And keep in mind that one’s mood affects countless others’;  so if you’re happy, you’ll make others happy (while you’re losing weight, learning something new, etc.).   In the New Year, we must find a way to take care of ourselves.

So with that being said, here’s to a new year full of health, happiness, and success!