Last updated on Jul 7th, 2020 at 02:35 pm

Research has found that your goals have the power to affect your mental and physical well-being. So, what kind of life goals should you set?

Whether it’s to lose weight, get fit or start a new hobby, the life goals all have this in common – the hope that reaching them will make one happier and feel more satisfied.

However, if the statistics are right, about 80% of the people reading this article have already given up on their New Year’s resolutions.

Studying life goals

Since life goals can contribute substantially to how satisfied people are in life – or how dissatisfied if important goals cannot be achieved, a team of University of Basel psychologists conducted a detailed examination on people’s life goals.

The researchers used data from 973 people between 18 and 92 years old living in German-speaking parts of Switzerland. More than half of the participants were surveyed again after two and four years.

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The participants had to assess the importance and the perceived attainability of life goals in 10 areas – health, community, personal growth, social relationships, fame, image, wealth, family, responsibility/care for younger generations, and work – using a four-point scale.

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Today’s life goals predict your future well-being

The study revealed that perceiving one’s personal goals as attainable is an indicator of later cognitive and affective well-being.

Life goals also hold predictive power for specific domains: Participants who set social-relation goals or health goals were more satisfied with their social relationships or their own health.

If you’re one of the millions to feel glum about having scraped your New Year’s resolutions already, stop moping and start setting new goals. But, this time, make sure they are realistic.

Source: University of Basel via

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