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new years resolutionsNew Year's Eve has always been a time for looking back to the past, and more importantly, forward to the coming year. It's a time to reflect on the changes we want (or need) to make and resolve to follow through on those changes. Did your New Year resolutions make our top ten list?

 According to several surveys the following are some of the Top New Year's Resolutions for 2014:

Quitting Smoking. So you want to quit smoking? You should. It yellows your teeth, infiltrates all your clothing, irritates your significant other and charms only those in an ever dwindling crowd of fellow smokers. So what better time than now? While only an estimated 15% of people who try to quit manage to stay cigarette-free six months later, it is important to try, since your life does depend on it. If you have resolved to make this the year that you stamp out your smoking habit, there are a host of products to help wean you off your nicotine addiction — patches, chewing gum, "e-cigarettes" and even "snus," a Scandinavian habit of wedging a tobacco capsule up against one's gum. The last two, though, have fallen afoul of the FDA.

Losing Weight. Losing weight is one of the most common New Year's resolutions. After a season of way too many cookies, candies and holiday parties, it's only natural that a vow to lose weight and get fit would follow. Over 66 percent of adult Americans are considered overweight or obese by recent studies, so it is not surprising to find that weight loss is one of the most popular New Year's resolutions. Setting reasonable goals and staying focused are the two most important factors in sticking with a weight loss program, and the key to success for those millions of Americans who made a New Year's commitment to shed extra pounds. 

Eating Healthier. During the holidays, everything we consume is pretty much awful for us: cakes, cookies, candy, eggnog, and fudge. 2013 will be different. Gone are the days of fast foods, and sweets. It's time to eat health, by swapping the fast food and candies for egg whites and oatmeal breakfasts;  protein-rich salads (nonfat dressing on the side, please) and fruit for lunch; fish and brown rice for dinner and serve it up with a side of veggies.

Getting Fit.  Getting fit ties into the # 1 New Year's resolution, losing weight. There is good reason why getting fit is a great New Years's resolution.  evidence is in for fitness. Regular exercise has been associated with more health benefits than anything else known to man. Studies show that it reduces the risk of some cancers, increases longevity, helps achieve and maintain weight loss, enhances mood, lowers blood pressure, and even improves arthritis. In short, exercise keeps you healthy and makes you look and feel better. Each January, fitness clubs offer deals and promotions to those who want to make good on their resolutions, so why not take advantage of this offer this New Year?
Managing Debt/ Saving Money. Was money a big source of stress in your life last year? Join the millions of Americans who have resolved to spend less and save more this year. It's a promise that will repay itself many times over in the year ahead.

Getting Organized. On just about every New Year resolution top ten list, getting more organized  can be a very reasonable goal. Whether you want your home organized enough that you can invite someone over on a whim, or your office organized enough that you can find the phone when you need it, a more organized life, can provide lots of returning value.

Managing Stress/Getting more out of Life. Given the hectic, stressful lifestyles of millions of Americans, it is no wonder that "enjoying life more" has become a popular resolution in recent years. It's not a bad idea to resolve to be less stressed. Less stress can make you healthier and happier.

Spending More Time with Family & Friends. Recent polls shows that more than 50% of Americans vow to appreciate loved ones and spend more time with family and friends this year.

Traveling. Travel of some sort is on almost everyone's agenda, and some of the first things we tend to think of in a new year are those exotic destinations we'd hope to seek out. Try to plan that trip you have always wanted. If money is tight, plan a road trip to visit friends and loved ones, or seek out a day advernture to a place you have nevewr seen.

Learning Something New. Have you vowed to make this year the year to learn something new? Perhaps you are considering going back to school, learning a new language, or just how to learn all the features on your new phone? Whether you take a course or read a book, you'll find education to be one of the easiest, most motivating New Year's resolutions to keep.  Resolving to learn something new is exciting and rewarding.

Honorable Mention:

Helping Others. A popular, non-selfish New Year's resolution that many people strive to keep is to help others. Whether you choose to spend time helping out at your local church, become a Big Brother or Big Sister, or donate to a local charity there are many nonprofit volunteer organizations that could really use your help.

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