Self-improvement by autosuggestion is what a the New Year’s resolution actually encourages, especially if it is followed up by systematic attention to the resolution.
New Years resolutions raised by participants of NYE2006 experiment: (see previous post)
materialistic : car, buying house independently, furniture,
physical: get fit, stay healthy,
creative pursuits: write letters, learn floristry, build greenhouse, build herb garden
career prospects: new job, suitable internship, skill development, career advancement, financial independence & security, recognition & fame
experential & cultural : travel more, learn french, promotion in sport teams, learn to make people laugh, developing sport skills
relational: find a girl/boy friend, be there for friends & family, have more fun with boy/girlfriend, host family meals/dinner parties