Scientific Findings Can Help Get Your Resolutions Back on Track | Dr. Anna Sher Simon

February 12, 2015 8:20 PM

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Scientific Findings Can Help Get Your Resolutions Back on Track | Dr. Anna Sher Simon

It's February already. Did you resolve last month to quit smoking? Spend less? Eat better? Exercise regularly? According to one survey (Opinion Corp), although as many as 45 percent of Americans set New Year's resolutions, half of these report only limited success, and as few as 8 percent of these report that they are always successful in keeping their resolutions. There are a myriad of self-help books out there to help you set more realistic goals, use tools of accountability and positive and/or negative reinforcement, or otherwise increase your chances of success, but even consumers of these often fail. What nearly all resolutions have in common is that they require some element of self-control. If instead they were a function of natural inclination or impulse, you would be doing them already, right? Setting self-control resolutions is not only reasonable, but a smart thing to do: research shows that those individuals with the most self-control are generally happier and more successful, that is, make and have more money, have better relationships, engage in and are less often the victims of crime, engage in fewer unhealthy habits (Moffitt et al 2010).

It's February already. Did you resolve last month to quit smoking? Spend less? Eat better? Exercise regularly? According to one survey (Opinion Corp), although as many as 45 percent of Americans set New Year's resolutions, half of these report only limited success, and as few as 8 percent of these r...

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