3 Reasons Helping Others With Their Goals is Good for You

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Can inspiration cause a positive chain reaction? New Year’s resolutions are hard to keep, and while many people are gung-ho right out of the gate, it takes more than just optimism to stay motivated and poised for success as the year goes on.

According to Static Brain Research Institute, a measly 8% of people are actually successful in achieving their New Year’s resolution, while a whopping 92% are not. But don’t give up hope just yet. In a survey of 1,019 adults conducted on behalf of the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council, ORC International found that people are more likely to succeed by teaming up with a friend or family member, and that 55% of Americans believe that helping others succeed in their New Year’s resolutions benefits their own commitment, as well.

Because many resolutions typically involve some kind of shift toward a healthier lifestyle, whether that be more time outdoors or a commitment to clean eating, start by getting involved with a group to stay motivated. Trying to eat better? Round up some friends so that everyone can keep tabs on one another. Looking to workout more? Turn to fitness pros who know how to get things done. When researching your options, consider the experts at Fit Body Boot Camp as a good place to start. This kind of group personal training provides high energy, fun, and challenging workouts designed to tone your entire body in just 30 minutes, all while holding each member accountable for every workout, just as a personal trainer would.

In an effort to help encourage people to keep their resolutions, the Blueberry Council and actress, author, and fitness enthusiast Alison Sweeney have teamed up to urge Americans to pay it forward, sharing healthy habits with family and friends to increase the odds for success. In a recent press release released by the Council in which Sweeney was quoted, and according to this campaign, here are three reasons to go at it together.

1. What’s good for you is good for me

When helping friends or family make small changes toward a healthier lifestyle, ORC International’s research showed that 57% of Americans would themselves feel rewarded. “It feels good to cheer on others on their journey to live a little healthier,” said Sweeney. “The more we surround ourselves with positive energy, the more likely we are to continue the cycle of motivation to live a healthier lifestyle, passing it along to those around us.”

2. Group goals help us stay committed

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Humans are social by nature, so it stands to reason that we’ll be more motivated if we have someone to help keep us on track. The survey conducted suggests that Americans who set group goals with others are more likely to reach their goals than those doing it on their own.

3. Millennial motivations

“Whatever the reason,” Sweeney said, “millennials tend to be more motivated than other age groups by the actions of their peers when it comes to resolutions. All it takes is something small like setting out a bowl of fresh blueberries when friends come over, and all of a sudden your group of friends has a healthy snack tradition. This group has the power to affect such positive change simply by passing on their healthy habits to one another.” In the survey, 78% of 18- to 25-year-olds said their commitment to New year’s resolutions would be fueled if they involved their friends. Furthermore, 74% thought they’d get the same positive effect by involving their spouse or significant other.

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