SOURCE: Mindbloom

December 20, 2012 07:00 ET

Study Shows Women to Focus on Health, Men on Careers in 2013

Mindbloom Life Improvement Pulse Report Highlights Top Actions People Took to Grow the Life They Wanted in 2012 and Captures Both Sexes' Top Goals and Corresponding Actions for 2013

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - Dec 20, 2012) - Mindbloom (www.Mindbloom.com) today issued its annual Life Improvement Pulse Report and discovered that men are projecting that their careers followed by relationships and health will be the most important life areas in 2013, while women are projecting it will be their health, followed by careers and relationships. With nearly 500 survey responses, the report discovered that men and women vary slightly in ranking their priority of important life areas and also demonstrated similarities and differences in the actions both sexes expect to take to maintain their focus on what they consider important in 2013. The Life Improvement Pulse Report also highlights the top actions people took to grow the life they wanted in 2012, which discovered that what people say they want and what they do to get it are often at odds.

Below are the 2013 forecasts of Mindbloom's Life Improvement Pulse Report (See Infographic):

Men

             
Life Area   Ranking   Primary Focus   Top Actions
1. Career   31%   1. Advancing my career
2. Achieving my career goals
3. Developing new skills and experiences
  1. Set deadlines for tasks
2. Write a "to-do" list
3. Limit complaining and negativity
2. Relationships   20%   1. Family
2. Partner
3. Children
  1. Say "I love you"
2. Schedule a date night
3. Give someone a smile
3. Health   17%   1. Being more fit
2. Eating better
3. Healing my body
  1. Exercising regularly
2. Getting enough sleep
3. Eating healthy and colorful meals
4. Finance   10%   1. Reaching my financial goals
2. Managing my finances
3. Contributing to my retirement
  1. Avoid impulse purchases
2. Record all expenses
3. Save a dollar a day
5. Spirituality   9%   1. Spiritual growth
2. Being kind
3. Praying more regularly
  1. Pray
2. Meditate
3. Perform a random act of kindness
6. Lifestyle   7%   1. Appreciating simple pleasures
2. Taking small steps to change my life
3. Reading for pleasure
  1. Limit TV time
2. Plan a vacation
3. Read for pleasure
7. Creativity   6%   1. Practicing my creative talents
2. Sharing my creative talents with others
3. Deepening or expanding my creativity
  1. Do or learn something new
2. Let go of perfection
3. Listen to music
             

Women

             
Life Area   Ranking   Primary Focus   Top Actions
1. Health   29%   1. Being more fit
2. Eating better
3. Reducing stress
  1. Exercising regularly
2. Drinking water regularly
3. Eating healthy and colorful meals
2. Career   18%   1. Advancing my career
2. Developing new skills and experiences
3. Changing my habits at work
  1. Write a "to-do list"
2. Limit complaining and negativity
3. Set deadlines for tasks
3. Relationships   17%   1. Partner
2. Family
3. Friends
  1. Say "I love you"
2. Give someone a smile
3. Schedule a social activity
4. Lifestyle   12%   1. Taking small steps to change my life
2. Making a list of things I want to accomplish
3. Reading for pleasure
  1. Read for pleasure
2. Cook dinner at home
3. Take time for yourself
5. Spirituality   10%   1. Spiritual growth
2. Praying more regularly
3. Meditation
  1. Pray
2. Take time for reflection
3. Perform a random act of kindness
6. Creativity   7%   1. Practicing my creative talents
2. Expressing my creative side
3. Discovering new ways to express creativity
  1. Do or learn something new
2. Listen to music
3. Journal
7. Finance   7%   1. Saving more
2. Managing my finances
3. Reaching my financial goals
  1. Pay bills
2. Avoid impulse purchases
3. Record all expenses
             

What We Say We Want, Differs From Our Actions
In addition to surveying users to discover their 2013 goals, Mindbloom also analyzes millions of life improvement actions taken throughout the year across its interactive health applications, which include the Life Game, Bloom and the new energy tracker JUICE, all of which use similar principles of behavioral science and gaming mechanics to inspire people to live happier and healthier lives. As the season of goal making approaches and New Year's Resolutions are made, Mindbloom discovered that what people said they wanted in 2012 in last year's survey results turned out to conflict with daily small actions they took across Mindbloom's interactive health apps throughout the year to grow the life they want.

"People often get swept up in the New Year's Resolution hype and that's a good thing, but it is also important to realize that goals change," said positive psychology expert and PBS special host of The Happiness Advantage with Shawn Achor who recently partnered with Mindbloom to provide tips to help people get their energy back by using JUICE. "Instead of focusing on goals once a year, it's a great idea to set mid-year, monthly, weekly and daily resolutions. So, it's actually reassuring to see that Mindbloom's users consistently completed more small daily actions aimed at developing healthy habits. Such small steps, taken every day, are ultimately what leads to greater well-being and a better quality of life."

For example, in last year's survey men cited their career as their most important life area for 2012, yet when Mindbloom looked into the actions that men took in 2012, it discovered that men placed a higher priority on conducting acts first to improve their relationships, then health, and finally their career. In addition, while men kicked off 2012 with a focus on their careers, they finished the year having checked off more relationship-oriented actions, such as: 'say I love you,' 'schedule a date night,' 'check in with my parents' and 'give someone a smile.' Men did place a top priority on taking actions related to their careers, including 'clean out my email in-box,' 'write a to-do list,' and 'add a connection to LinkedIn.' However, they preferred actions for health improvement over their career. The most popular health improvement actions included focusing on things like drinking water, exercising regularly and taking a walk. The least popular life areas men focused completing actions in 2012 was in finances, followed by lifestyle, creativity, and spirituality.

What women said they wanted in last year's survey and what they did in 2012 were also at odds. In the 2011 survey, Mindbloom found that women said their health was their most important life area, followed by their careers and then relationships. While women closely aligned their actions in 2012 with their designated important life areas when it came to health and careers, actions taken throughout the year related to relationships lost ground to an interest in improving their creativity. To be more creative, women focused on accomplishing acts like trying a new recipe, taking a photo or listening to music. The least popular life areas women focused on completing actions in 2012 was in spirituality, followed by finances, relationships, and lifestyle.

"It's not surprising that our users' intentions and actions don't line up perfectly, as most of us fall into the trap of thinking one thing is most important at the beginning of the year, only to revise our ideas and change our goals as the year unfolds," said Mindbloom founder, Chris Hewett, a former executive producer for Monolith Productions who is on a mission to make life improvement fun by using gaming mechanics like those he used to help develop such as No One Lives Forever, Tron 2.0, and F.E.A.R. "By about February and March, reality sets back in and people begin to see what's really important are the small things we do every day that may seem like insignificant actions, however, most behavior science experts believe that consistently completing tiny positive actions is what builds the foundation for bigger successes."

About Mindbloom:
Mindbloom is a Seattle-based interactive media company that's out to make life improvement accessible to everyone. By harnessing next-generation engagement techniques and focusing users on personal growth, Mindbloom has created a fun, simple, and effective way for people to improve the quality of their lives. To start living a healthier and more balanced life, visit: www.mindbloom.com. You can also find Mindbloom on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mindbloom or on Twitter at @mindbloom.

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