As Christians around the world attend Ash Wednesday services today, many will also mark the 46-day period of Lent by resolving to give something up.
While it’s unknown how many Christians successfully make it to Easter without chocolate or wine or forgetting to floss, they probably have an edge up on those who make New Year’s resolutions, experts said.
“Everything’s working in your favor for Lent,” said Tim Pychyl, a psychology professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. “There are a few things that are happening: you’re part of a community, so you’re accountable, and you’re doing something that’s connected to your core values, so you feel some commitment, and it’s a fixed, shorter period of time.”
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