New year resolutions: Health & Happiness

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - By Steve Phillips – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The clock is ticking down toward the new year, and that means new year resolutions for many people.

It's the traditional time for looking ahead to the promise and possibilities a new year represents. WLOX News asked people outside Edgewater Mall in Biloxi to share their resolutions.

"Spend more time with my family," said one woman, "To have dinner, a daily dinner with my family and spend more time with my family."

Another lady offered a somewhat general resolution, "Well, just to make some changes in my life that are much needed. To improve myself."

An older gentleman thought about politics for the new year.

"To have Democrats voted out and the Republicans voted in. All the way," he said, smiling.

His friend added, "About the same thing, for one thing.  And good health for the rest of the year, or for the new year."

A military man chose family time.

"Spend more time with my family," he explained, "Hopefully, the military keeps me home for a little while."

The most common New Year's resolutions deal with either health of happiness.  And you can probably guess the top two.

"To lose weight," said one young woman, "But isn't that all our resolutions now? And I'm really going to do it this year," she resolved.

"Just the usual.  To lose about 20 pounds," added another woman.

"Workout more. Lose some, shed some pounds," was the response from another young lady.

Along with vowing to lose weight and exercising more, the other most popular resolution is kicking the nicotine habit.

"You know what?  I smoke," one middle aged woman admitted, "And my New Year's resolution is I'm going to quit smoking this year."

We found some friends and cousins ready to dance their way into 2011. They're a dance group called KOJ.

"Stay happy. Live our life. Dance like we always do," said one of the young men.

"I'm just happy to be with my friends and stuff. That's about it," added another.

"Just hope we all do good. Have a better year than we have been," one elderly gentleman offered.

"To make better grades," was the quick reply from a teenage girl.

"I'm afraid to make any," one young man admitted, "I've never been good at my resolutions."

"Make it another year," said one elderly man, who quickly added, "I'm 84."

The final woman we talked with, offered the most profound wish for 2011.

"My wish for the year is that everybody have peace. Which is real hard to do, but if we try, we could have a better world.  Which we need," she said.

That seems the perfect wish for 2011.

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