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“It is most likely rooted in a lot of thought and planning as this year allowed for us to do a lot of re-thinking and reminiscing,” said a reader from Miamisburg.
Most survey respondents said they intend to make New Year’s resolution. The most common resolutions dealt with improving people’s health, followed by their finances. One Springfield resident wants to quit smoking. One from Hamilton wants to take more vacations. The one from Miamisburg plans to read more books.
Robbie Brandon, director of the Sunlight Village community mental health agency in Dayton, said the pandemic exacerbated personal and societal problems such as substance abuse and food security — things people may have coped with for years with moderate success.
“Now I’m isolated and I’m losing family members, and I don’t have my job and my insurance is gone and all this other stuff,” she said. It can become too much.
She said it’s important to address personal improvement holistically, which is why in addition to counseling her agency provides nutrition classes and things like yoga.
In addition to personal goals, the Dayton Daily News survey asked readers what New Year’s resolutions they think local leaders should adopt for 2021. Answers included cutting wasteful spending and keeping an emphasis on racial equity issues.
The most common request was for leaders to put their constituents’ needs before politics.
“To do what the citizens want and not what they want,” said Terri Clark of Huber Heights. “To make it about us and not them. To keep their word and be transparent and to (hold) themselves accountable.”