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Experts Advise Setting Realistic New Year’s Resolutions

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BALTIMORE (WJZ)– As we say goodbye to one year and usher in a new one, many make plans and promises. Experts say New Year’s resolutions can be accomplished if you have realistic goals.

Kai Jackson tells us what people in our area have planned for the coming year.

The sun is rapidly setting on 2011. Marylanders and Baltimoreans aren’t just looking for the best parties. Many are trying to find ways to improve themselves.

To do that people worldwide will make New Year’s resolutions.

“Well, it’s the new beginning and it’s kinda wiping the slate clean,” Dr. Jim Dassinger, a psychologist, said.

Some may try to quit smoking. Others may commit to eating better. Many will start exercising.

“My New Year’s resolution is to play in the Superbowl and each playoff game is going to be a huge contributor,” Ravens defensive tackle Arthur Jones said.

Attending a Superbowl game let alone playing in one, isn’t in the cards for the average person. And it’s why Dr. Dassinger says New Years resolutions should be realistic.

“Also, picking realistic changes, that’s very important for people,” he said.

In cities around the country, a reduction in crime is often a measure of success. Baltimore Police Commissioner Fred Bealefeld looks at crimefighting in 2012 this way.

“Until people can look out their window from the place they live and feel that sense of security we haven’t gotten the job done,” he said.

Studies show only one out of five people stick with resolutions after two years.

“My New Year’s resolution is to set a good example for my children,” said Steve Davis of 105.7 The Fan.

“Spend more time with my little sister in Camden, N.J.,” Liam Rossell of Baltimore said.

Watch the WJZ Special on New Year’s Eve for complete coverage of the fireworks live from baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

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