Poll: 8% More People Making New Year's Resolutions, Some of Which May Be Kept

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This decade may have sucked, but next year will be awesome. How can we tell? Because a Marist Poll shows that more people are making New Year's resolutions!

48 percent of Americans they polled say they're "at least somewhat likely" to make resolutions, an increase of eight points from last year. Men and people under 45, two groups among which hope springs eternal, drive the uptick.

It's not a sure thing, as the highest-rated resolution is to "lose weight," which is hardly likely to make those folks easier to deal with, at least for the couple of weeks they'll stay on their diets. But seven percent say they'll strive to "be a better person." If only a fraction of these people pull it off, life could be one big public service announcement.

There's one big, potential improvement-killer, though: "More than six in ten Americans have a positive outlook about the future." When disappointment inevitably sets in, many of them will become crabby and abusive, like us since third grade. Unlikely to help is this release from Hope Is In The Cards, suggesting "10 Ways to Create a More Hopeful 2010." Brightener #1 is "Let Someone Know You Care," which is fine unless that someone is not in the mood for a tender moment, in which case the prospective regenerate may become yet another guy who blocks the sidewalk while he counts his change and affects deafness when you ask him to move, or a serial killer.

Can we get up a "Lower Your Expectations" PSA in time for New Year's?

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