Making New Year's resolutions at the end of the year is a time honored tradition worldwide. We all hope for a better future--especially when the year we're leaving behind has been a tough one.

According to research on the topic, about 60% of us admit that we make New Year's resolutions, but only about 8% are successful in achieving them. Regardless of the outcome a year ago, the majority of us go right ahead and make a new set of resolutions--hoping for the best.

Here are a few more interesting facts about New Year's resolutions:

  • Women make health-focused resolutions while men pledge to find a new job and lay off the booze.
  • Saving money is one of the top 5 New Year's resolutions and also in the top 5 for most commonly failed.
  • Over half of respondents said they fail their resolution before January 31st.

So, what are we all wishing for in 2017? Here are the top-10 New Year's resolutions according to a recent survey of 2,000 people.

1. Diet or eat healthier (71%)

2. Exercise more (65%)

3. Lose weight (54%)

4. Save more and spend less--my personal favorite! (32%)

5. Learn a new skill or hobby (26%)

6. Quit smoking (21%)

7. Read more (17%)

8. Find another job (16%)

9. Drink less alcohol (15%)

10. Spend more time with family and friends (13%)

So what are your resolutions for 2017? Who knows--this just might be the year that you achieve every goal you set for yourself.

Published on: Dec 21, 2016