America’s Top 4 New Year’s Resolutions for 2022

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Another new year is right around the corner, and millions soon will make resolutions in the hope of improving their lives during 2022.

While individual goals for the new year may differ, there are a few resolutions that a wide swath of Americans are embracing, according to a new survey of more than 3,000 adults from Fidelity Investments.

Following are the top resolutions Americans have made for 2022.

Focus on things that truly matter

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Percentage of Americans making this resolution: 40%

Nearly two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us have learned to better separate trivia from what really matters. Somehow, the fate of your local football franchise doesn’t seem as important as it once did.

Instead, we’re now focused on family, friends and the simple joys we previously took for granted. A large percentage of us are pledging to spend 2022 engaged in activities that really make a difference in our lives.

Eat more nutritiously

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Percentage of Americans making this resolution: 40%

When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, this is an oldie but a goodie. Each year, millions of us hope to eat better, whether because we want to lose weight or simply as a measure to improve our health.

If this is on your list of 2022 aspirations, check out “7 Health Foods You Can Make for a Fraction of the Cost.”

Spend more time with those they love

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Percentage of Americans making this resolution: 44%

This is a resolution we overlook all too often. It’s easy to take loved ones for granted, but it’s never OK.

Many Americans appear to realize this and nearly half are pledging to spend more time strengthening the ties that bind in 2022.

Exercise more

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Percentage of Americans making this resolution: 45%

Every January, hordes of “weekend warriors” sign up for gym memberships with a determination to fulfill what might be the ultimate New Year’s resolution: Exercising and becoming more fit.

Unfortunately, studies show that within a few short weeks, a large percentage of those well-intentioned folks are back on the couch munching chips.

Let’s make 2022 a different story. To get a running start on a new and better you, check out:

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