As the new year begins, many people strive to end their bad habits and begin good habits. Out-of-shape people are taking up exercise by going to the gym. Some people are giving up smoking. It is the time of year when everybody tries to become somebody else, the time of year when no one is acting normally.

Here are the top 10 New Year’s resolutions:

1. Spend more time with family and friends. Recent polls conducted show that more than 50 percent of Americans vow to appreciate loved ones and spend more time with family and friends this year. Work shouldn’t always come first.

2. Fit in fitness. Regular exercise has been associated with more health benefits than anything else known to man. Studies show it reduces the risk of some cancers, increases longevity, and enhances mood, not to mention the benefits of looking better.

3. Tame the bulge. Over 66 percent of adult Americans are considered overweight or obese, so it is not surprising to find that weight loss is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. However, remember to set reasonable goals for yourself.

4. Quit smoking. If you have resolved to make this the year you stamp out your smoking habit, over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy makes it easier.

5. Enjoy life more. Given the hectic, stressful lifestyles of millions of Americans, it is no wonder that “enjoying life more” has become a popular resolution.

6. Quit drinking. If you have decided that you want to stop drinking, there is a world of help and support available for you.

7. Get out of debt. Was money a big source of stress in your life last year? Join the millions of Americans who have resolved to spend this year getting a handle on finances. It will repay itself many times over in the year ahead.

8. Learn something new. Perhaps a career change, a new language, or just how to fix your computer… You’ll find education to be one of the easiest, most motivating New Year’s resolutions to keep.

9. Help others. A popular, non-selfish New Year’s resolution. We all could benefit from making this one our biggest priority.

10. Get organized. On just about every list, organization is a priority. This is an easily attainable goal, so don’t give up.

All of these resolutions can help you become a healthier person just by reducing some stress in your life. Make 2009 your year to make living healthfully a priority.