As 2015 comes to a close, many of us will start to think about setting a New Year’s resolution. I will lose weight, quit smoking, save more money, or spend more time with family and friends are common resolutions.

The tradition of making a promise to achieve self-improvement or doing good deeds is not a bad idea. Humans need goals to stride toward.

So why, according to research presented by the University of Scranton, do just 8 percent of people achieve their resolution?

The type of goal set is a huge determining factor on success. A resolution to be healthy gives no real direction, but a goal to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables daily, four days out of the week establishes a specific direction toward improving health.

Source: The Courier » Weekend: Set goals, not resolutions to achieve more long-term success