Making New Year’s resolutions personal could actually make them stick


If you feel you consistently fail at your New Year’s resolutions, you are not alone. Despite our good intentions, we’re pretty poor at changing our own behaviour. We continue to smoke, eat or drink too much, and exercise too little, all of which affect our health and well-being.

In trying to change behaviour (including our own), we need to reduce resistance. You’ve likely heard some of the pitfalls of setting unspecific or unrealistic

goals.

Another contributor to resistance is when our intended action is not something we are personally motivated to do. Psychological studies show we can overcome resistance by setting goals that tap into what we find meaningful and that reflect our needs.

Read more: The psychology of New Year’s resolutions

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