2017's Most Popular New Year's Resolution Revealed

A New Year means a new beginning.

January 4, 2017
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With a new year comes a fresh start, and we all know what that means: It's time to make your New Year's resolutions and yes, stick to them.

But this year, unlike the past, the vast majority of the American public has chosen a brand new goal for the next 12 months. Spoiler alert, you might be surprised by what's on most people's list.

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According to a Marist Poll, being a better person is the top New Year's resolution for 2017, and nearly 16 percent of the polls respondents announced that they're looking to inject more kindness into their lives. Weight loss and exercising more (the most common resolutions) made a tie for second. Shocked? You're not alone. Since 2014, weight loss has taken the number one spot. But a new year means a new journey, no matter what we choose.

As for the the rest, people have also resolved to spend less money, save more, improve their health, and eat healthier. Nothing new here. (Need more inspiration? Check out 50 Healthy New Year's Resolutions You Won't Regret Making.)

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Ready to kick off the year on a positive note? Start with this meditation for compassion exercise by Lisa Rankin. Then leap fearlessly into 2017.

"As you embark on your journey to find your inner light and hero, it can feel like you're stepping into an adventure, leaving the known world and leaping into the unknown," says Rankin.