Making resolutions is common for most people at the beginning of the year. A new study suggests that this may not be such a good idea.

Losing weight and getting fit fast, dropping the holiday weight in a short duration, or getting a job at the earliest, most resolutions are aggressive and unreasonable. Gregory Chertok, a sports psychology consultant with the American College of Sports Medicine describes a New Year’s resolution as a kind of grand, glorified goal that people, for societal reasons, tend to begin on the first day of the calendar year. Most people set goals that are pressure-filled, and less likely to be achieved. Although 45 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, only eight percent succeed, reports a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology.

If you want to make resolutions and stick to them, it would be better to chalk out long-term and short-term goals and give yourself ample time to achieve them.

Source: Reuters

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After pursuing her Masters in Journalism, Vanessa got her first big job as a health writer and since then, she has never switched paths. She has always been intrigued by the wonders of a holistic lifestyle, and believes it was destiny that led her to writing for the wellness industry. In her natural state, you can find her tucked under a blanket watching an Indie film, or reading obsessively. At Z Living, she writes about food trends and other daily life expeditions.