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Barna Studies New Year's Resolutions in the U.S.

According to a new Barna study, almost two-thirds of Americans have made a new year’s resolution, but only a little more than 40% say they’ve done so this year. The most often mentioned resolution relates to weight, health and diet, followed by resolutions relating to money and debt, personal improvement—including being a better person, being more generous, having more leisure time, etc.—addiction, career, spirituality or church, and education. David Kinnaman, president of the Barna Group, commented on the findings: “Only 9 out of more than 1,000 survey respondents mentioned that one of their objectives for next year was getting closer to God in some way. Even in the rare instance when people mention spiritual goals, it is often about activity undertaken for God rather than a personal pursuit of God or an experience with God.”