Lots of people have made New Year’s resolutions.

Resolutions to stop smoking, to lose weight, to read more, exercise more, work harder, de-stress a lot more often.

Many of these resolutions will fall apart within the first few weeks. We all have listened to a friend complain about how quickly positive plans turned into neglected hopes – maybe we’ve done some of that ourselves.

Which is why, this end-of-year season, we want to hear from men and women from all over Western New York who have had success with making and keeping a New Year’s resolution.

Did you knock off a bad habit that way? Have you gotten rid of pounds, or stress, or addictions, for good?

Or did you decide to make an attitude adjustment and stick with it?

We would like you to share your story and any advice you can share on how you did it.

It doesn’t have to be changing a bad habit: If you have a success story about an nontraditional resolution – visiting your parents more often, say, or walking the dog every day – that’s good, too. It’s not just a dieting thing.

Write to us and tell us about what you did right.

It doesn’t have to be long; tips count, too!

Include your full name, email address and/or phone number, and where you live.

We will be contacting some respondents for a story that will run in the paper later this month, when readers may need a boost to help keep their 2013 resolutions.

Send your story to or by regular mail to The Buffalo News, Features Dept., P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, NY 14240. (Mark “New Year’s Resolutions” on the envelope.)

– Charity Vogel.t