Walk Hadrian’s Wall, See the Northern Lights, Donate to Charity: eHarmony.co.uk reveals singles’ must-do list for 2012 with some surprising results

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The usual list of traditional New Year’s resolutions are joined this year by a whole host of new, more adventurous and unusual 2012 wishes according to a study of 3459 single members by relationship site eHarmony®.

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We want to encourage members to enrich and fulfil their lives, because we know that also increases their chances of finding a successful relationship.

The usual list of traditional New Year’s resolutions are joined this year by a whole host of new, more adventurous and unusual 2012 wishes according to a study of 3459 single members by relationship site eHarmony®.

Walking Hadrian’s Wall, seeing the Northern Lights, giving unwanted clothes to charity and even flying first class all feature prominently in the Top 100 things to do in 2012.

At a time when scientists have claimed donating to charity can actually make you stronger*, giving also features prominently on the must-do list. As well as donating unwanted clothes, raising money for charity is listed at no.11 in the Top 100.

With experts predicting the Northern Lights shining at the brightest levels for 50 years in 2012, singles are keen to don their snow gear and witness the spectacle for themselves with this experience coming in at no.6 on the list.

Perhaps buoyed by the coming London Olympics, many singles appear quite sport-minded with activities like running a half marathon, taking up Zumba and trying a new sport finishing in the top quarter of the must-do list.

The Top 25 experiences are:

1.    Get a girlfriend / boyfriend
2.    Visit a country I have never visited before
3.    Develop my career
4.    Spend more time with my friends
5.    Lose weight
6.    See the Northern Lights
7.    Get a new job
8.    Donate my unworn clothes to charity
9.    Paint my home
10.    Buy a new home
11.    Raise money for charity
12.    Get promoted
13.    Fly first class
14.    Go to festivals
15.    Do a 10K run
16.    Change career entirely
17.    Walk Hadrian’s Wall
18.    Join a gym and actually go
19.    Try a new sport
20.    Try Zumba
21.    Eat at a Michelin star restaurant
22.    Watch an Olympic event
23.    Be proposed to by my partner
24.    Run a half marathon
25.    Get a different haircut

As part of their “Must-do 2012”research, scientists at eHarmony studied the ambitions of 3459 singles not only to create this “bucket list” of the 100 most popular activities, but also to discover the impact of one’s personality on one’s goals and ambitions.

“2012 is a momentous year for Britain as it celebrates the Jubilee and plays host to the Olympics. We want to encourage members to enrich and fulfil their lives, because we know that also increases their chances of finding a successful relationship” stated Dr Gian Gonzaga, eHarmony’s Senior Director of Research and Development.

Dr Gian Gonzaga explains: “If you are single and looking for a relationship, it’s not just about finding the right person, but also about being in the right place and frame of mind. When you are happy, fulfilled and therefore successful in life, you have a lot more to offer a potential partner.”

[* Harvard University, July 2010, Journal of Social Psychological and Personality Science]

About eHarmony.co.uk
eHarmony launched in the United Kingdom in 2008, following a period of extensive research into love and relationships in the UK. Working in partnership with the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford, a multi-disciplinary research team gathered and analysed data to identify the patterns that predict compatibility for couples throughout the United Kingdom. After conducting the research, eHarmony developed models of compatibility specific to the United Kingdom resident population and now offers a UK relationship service based on a series of scientific models known as the Compatibility Matching System®. eHarmony.co.uk has amassed 2 million registered users since launching in 2008 and is proud to be affiliated with dating partner, eDarling, across Europe.

Notes to editors
This survey was carried out online by eHarmony between the 14th and 19th December 2011. The survey gathered data from 3459 eHarmony members. All adults were British and aged 18+.
The information was analysed in a manner that completely respects the privacy of registered users on eHarmony by keeping all user identities anonymous and is in strict compliance with all relevant privacy legislation.

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