The science of keeping New Year’s resolutions
The science of keeping New Year’s resolutions Charity Bashore, US Army Reserve medic, marathon runner, public health advocate and her daughter Lillian get ready for a run. (Department of Defense/U.S. Navy/Flickr)
The science of keeping New Year’s resolutions
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Do you have a New Year's resolution? Do you want help keeping it? Then think about using these tips:

Quest said we should set "tiny habits" for ourselves. We shouldn't rework our behaviors outright. Reworking our behaviors is a harder task. A Stanford professor proposed the "tiny habits" trick. He said these tiny goals can be anything. They might be practicing an instrument for 30 seconds per day. It might be flossing just one tooth. It could also be a single pushup. You might do that pushup when you first get out of bed.

These may sound like very small goals. The Stanford expert shared his thoughts on broad goals. These might include "eating healthy." It might include "getting in shape." He said these are much harder to achieve. That's because they're ideas. They are not achievable tasks. 

Instead this about desired behaviors. These can be incorporated as day-to-day habits. They are much more effective. That's because you'll carry them out without thinking about it. Examples of these daily habits might include brushing your teeth. It could also be washing your hands before eating a meal.

You can form the foundation for a new habit. That habit then turns into a daily ritual. An example of this is starting by flossing one tooth per day. It will soon become a daily flossing ritual. And not just of one tooth. But all of your teeth. This was the result the professor achieved. He tried this with several hundred volunteers. He asked them to carry out the flossing task. He asked them to try it for a week.

Forbes India also offers a couple simple tricks. They may help you stick to your resolution. They said to keep a scorecard. It could help you track your progress. It will keep you tuned in. It will show you if you are slipping on your efforts. Examples might include tracking how far you run at each session on the treadmill. It might include how much time you put into studying a new language. Keeping the scorecard will also create a nice sense of satisfaction. That's if you manage to keep on top of your resolution.

Forbes talked to a New York University professor. He said you shouldn't share your resolution. He said sharing your goal implies a sense of completion. It might mean that you're less likely to follow through. 

Lifehacker disagrees. They said you should a couple friends. You could also tell family members. They said that having social support helps. It can help people achieve tricky goals. You could ask friends to hold you accountable. They can make sure you are following through with your resolution. 

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