A new year often starts with individuals making a promise to themselves that most know as a New Year’s resolution. According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, 41% of Americans usually
make a New Year’s resolution but only 9.2% felt they were successful in achieving it. Improving health is at the top of the most common resolutions so it is disheartening to see so many fail to achieve something vital to their well-being.
What can one do to succeed with living a healthier 2018? The CDC offers 6 simple tips for a healthier year including regular healthcare checks, hand washing, making healthy food choices, being active, and getting plenty of sleep. They also recommend a smokefree lifestyle and have a list of resources available for those who are looking to kick their smoking habit in 2018.
Are some people more prone to success with healthy patterns? A new study suggests yes and finds that people with a sense of purpose tend to do healthier stuff. “Our analysis found that participants’ sense of purpose was positively associated with their reports of both vigorous and moderate activity, vegetable intake, flossing, and sleep quality,” says the study’s lead author Patrick Hill, assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences at Washington University at St. Louis.
If living healthier is important to you, don’t let the lack of a New Year’s resolution or failure to maintain that resolution bring you down. Warren Holleman, director of MD Anderson’s Faculty Health & Well-Being program states, “It takes a lot more than a resolution to change. It takes a self-understanding, skills, strategies and support.”
Resolution or no resolution, NNLM SCR hopes that 2018 is a healthy year for you!