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DAK study: less stress, more family

DAK study: less stress, more family

DAK study: Resolutions for 2011: A majority of respondents would like less stress and less time for the family.

A Forsa survey for the German employee health insurance (DAK) examined the good intentions of the Germans for the coming year. In the comprehensive survey, the DAK experts determined which are the most popular resolutions for 2011 and how realistic it is to achieve the goals you have set yourself.

Quit smoking, more exercise or less alcohol - the range of good intentions of the Germans for the coming year is extremely wide. According to the Forsa study for 2011, the most frequently expressed intention is to personally expose yourself to less stress and to spend more time with the family. However, the prospects of achieving the goals set vary greatly.

Less stress and more family most common A majority of Germans want to reduce personal stress and spend more time with the family in the coming year. For example, 59 percent said “less stress” as a good resolution for 2011, with the proportion in young families with children under the age of 18 even being 68 percent, said the DAK. "Mastering the demands of work, family and household in parallel is often associated with permanent stress," said the DAK psychologist, Frank Meiners, explaining the particularly high need for stress reduction. Instead of exposing themselves to the continuously growing stress in everyday life, 56 percent of those surveyed want to spend more time with the family in the coming year, according to the Forsa survey. The desire to consume less alcohol was expressed in the survey by only 14 percent of those surveyed. After all, 44 percent of those surveyed stated that better nutrition was the goal for 2011.

Good resolutions are widespread among young people What was also striking about the Forsa survey was that the respondents of the young generation between the ages of 18 and 29 had a particularly large number of good resolutions for 2011. Spending more time with family and friends was also at the top of the list here, but other resolutions such as living more economically, eating healthier, watching less TV and more sports are also relatively widespread among the young generation, according to the study conducted by the DAK . According to this, for example, 53 percent of this generation had planned to spend less in the coming year, with only 32 percent of the respondents in the DAK study citing economy as a good resolution for 2011.

Reaching the goals varies quite a bit Taking into account the results of the past year, the DAK study also makes a statement regarding the achievement of the goals that have been set. According to the DAK, it has been shown that around half of Germans stick to their good intentions for more than three months, and especially in the older generation over the age of 60, many of those surveyed would keep their good resolutions long-term. 56 percent of the over 60s therefore adhere to their good intentions. According to the DAK study, women are stronger-willed than men, because 52 percent of female respondents and only 47 percent of men had achieved their goals. In addition, there seem to be considerable regional differences in the willpower of the people, because according to the study results, the resolutions in Schleswig-Holstein and Brandenburg are observed above average, whereas the people in Saxony are the least likely to achieve their goals, followed by the residents of Saxony-Anhalt and Bavaria .

Overall, the good intentions for 2011 have hardly changed compared to 2010. Last year, 59 percent of those surveyed wanted to experience less stress and spend more time with the family. Last year's resolutions were directly influenced by the economic crisis, so that the fear of financial grievances and concerns about their own health shaped the goals of the respondents for 2010, especially among low-income earners, but the main resolutions remained unchanged. (fp)

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