Are you thinking about turning over a new leaf for the new year? Many Americans try to, but not many follow through. NY1's Polly Kreisman took a look at some popular pledges and filed the following report.
As 2013 comes to a close, and roughly half of all Americans are making resolutions, NY1 is going to count down the top 10, according to a study by the University of Scranton Journal of Clinical Psychology.
Number 10: spend more time with family.
"Spend more time with the kids and the family," vowed one person.
"Be nicer to my sister," said another.
"Maybe work less and spend more time with family," said a third.
The ninth-most popular resolution is to fall in love, though we didn't find anyone who was admitting that.
Number 8: to help others in their dreams.
Mother: Emily's in the Nutcracker performance in a little bit. What's your new year resolution?
Child: I don't know, but to be happy and have fun.
Number 7 in the resolution countdown is to quit smoking.
"I had one years ago in stopping smoking, and I succeeded in stopping smoking," said one person.
Number 6: learn something exciting. One young student's resolution was to "get good grades in school."
The Number 5 most popular resolution is to stay fit and healthy.
"I'd say definitely to get back into shape," said one person.
"I'm going to spend more time on the treadmill," said another.
Number 4? Enjoy life to the fullest. One person vowed "to be positive and grateful for everything we have."
Statistically, the three top resolutions in the country are to lose weight, to get better organized and to spend less money.
One New Yorker: Got to lose a few pounds for sure.
Q: Do you know that's the number one statistic resolution that everyone makes?
NYer: And everyone fails on it, too. By the second week in January, I'll probably fail it.
Don't even think about not sticking to it. The same study says that about half of those who try will succeed.