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Psychology Can Help You Keep a New Year’s Resolution

Try to put down the doughnut, but don’t beat yourself up about it if you take a bite.

In my latest Because Science, I go through a few studies that have actually tackled the psychology of the New Year’s resolution. How often do people actually keep them, and for how long? What makes a successful resolutioner? What strategies can you use to keep to your promise? The studies are few, but they do hold a few secrets to keeping that holiday hibernation weight off.

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Comments

  1. Brian says:

    This is science? Sound like a puff piece on statistics to me. Where are the resolutions on drinking and smoking? Or do you believe only resolutions about weight loss count during New Years?

  2. Joe Smartass says:

    Great backwards writing on the glass! For future reference, indicating a range of numbers is customarily done with a hyphen. “50/60%” is actually five-sixths of 1%. “50-60%” is probably what you should have used. 

  3. Erin says:

    Pretty sure it would be 19% can stick with resolutions for 2 months, not 2 years… otherwise the time chart is a little wonky.

  4. Natalie T says:

    Great videos. 🙂
    Best of luck with your New Years resolution.