January 4, 2016 Written by

So many metaphors. So many idioms. Such poetry and romantic allusions. Hopes and dreams rise to the pinnacle of the human experience. And for what? For Jiminy Cricket’s sake, why are we so darn excited?

Because it’s the new year. In this case, we step into 2016 – perhaps not too different from the tens of thousands of other new years we’ve celebrated as a species.

And unlike any other creature, we celebrate – at least until we put some distance between the turn of the year and our own personal present tense. What is it? Ten days? A week? Three days? Three hours? And those grand and glorious resolutions go by the wayside. Gym membership? Aaah. Fugetaboutit. Lose 20 pounds? At least until the next cheese cake. Be kind and nice? Oh, shut up!

We are lovely fools, destined – perhaps preordained – to go through this 365-day cycle. Over and over again.

We at The Park on Main, the luxury boutique hotel in Highlands, North Carolina, celebrate the new year – with nary a blush or hesitation.

Immersed in our own version of irony, we are curious about the top New Year’s resolutions for 2016.

Here they are, according to Statistic Brain Research Institute:

  1. Lose weight
  2. Get organized
  3. Spend less, save more
  4. Enjoy life to the fullest
  5. Stay fit and healthy
  6. Learn something exciting
  7. Quit smoking
  8. Help others in their dreams
  9. Fall in love
  10. Spend more time with family

Make your resolution this year

Who Keeps Resolutions and Why?

How many Americans “usually” make resolutions? 45 percent. How many “sometimes” make resolutions? 17 percent. How many “never” make resolutions? 38 percent. How many successfully fulfill their resolutions? 8 percent. How many rarely achieve success? 49 percent. How many never succeed and fail every year to achieve their resolutions? 24 percent.

Despite the statistics – and the high failure rates – people who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to achieve their resolutions than those who do not explicitly make resolutions, according to SBRI.

But wait. There’s more. Since we’re still in the mood, most (47 percent) resolutions are related to self improvement or education. Coming in second place (38 percent) is related to weight.

Now comes the embarrassing part; after emotions subside, after the fervor and steely-eyed determination fade, most resolutions don’t make it to summertime. Resolutions lasting through the first week? 75 percent. Two weeks? 71 percent. One month? 64 percent. Six months? 46 percent.

The Older the Wiser? Nope

And for all that talk of the wisdom and maturity that comes with age, not so with resolutions. A dismal 14 percent of resolvers over 50 kept their resolutions while 39 percent of twenty-somethings succeeded.

If we must boast, we at The Park on Main fall into the minority category. We resolve to make your stay at this pet-friendly hotel atop the Southern Appalachian Mountain range a classic, luxurious experience with the best of service, the friendliest of attitudes and the classiest presentations of good vacationing you’ll find. And this is one resolution we always keep.

Well, what do you think of our resolution to provide you with the snappiest, most entertaining and informative blog articles describing the wonders of The Park on Main? Are you planning to head this way soon? Make reservations today. Let us know how we can be of service to you by following us on our social media channels.

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About The Park on Main

The Park on Main hotel is located in the quaint village of Highlands, North Carolina, a picturesque mountain retreat nestled in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. A boutique style hotel, the Park on Main offers 24 luxury suites, each facing an exquisitely landscaped central park-like garden terrace.

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