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New Year, New You

Written by Julia Bullock
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Why do we make resolutions?

New Year, New Beginning. Going after resolutions can present great opportunities to overcome struggles with willpower, determination, and ingenuity. 

Perceptions of the success of these resolutions vary.  In one study, only around 12% of people who make New Year’s resolutions felt that they were successful in achieving their goals.  Some of them successfully achieved losing weight

  • Sticking to a healthier diet
  • Exercising regularly
  • Making better financial choices
  • Quitting smoking
  • Spending more time with family

Many people feel that they do not achieve their resolution goals; one study showed that those who set New Year’s resolutions are ten times more likely to actually change their behavior than people who don’t make these yearly goals.  (https://www.verywellmind.com/how-to-keep-your-new-years-resolutions-2795719#:~:text=10%20Great%20Tips%20to%20Keep%20Your%20New%20Year%27s,…%208%20Renew%20Your%20Motivation%20…%20More%20items)

How long does it take to break a habit?

Some people say it only takes 21 days to break a habit- you have probably heard this estimate before.

Others suggest it often takes a lot longer, sometimes as long as several months.

There is no hard-and-fast time frame since the length of time it takes to break a habit can depend on a lot of highly personal factors. (https://www.healthline.com/health/how-long-does-it-take-to-break-a-habit#short-answer)

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