Come Jan. 1, 40% of Americans determine to be nicer, eat healthier or quit smoking—and stick to that plan for months after. A majority don’t succeed.
There’s even an unofficial holiday called Ditch New Year’s Resolution Day on Jan. 17 to acknowledge those failures.
People may not follow through because they’re making the wrong kinds of resolutions. John C. Norcross, a distinguished professor of psychology at Pennsylvania’s University of Scranton, is the author of “Changeology: 5 Steps to Realizing Your Goals and Resolutions.” He explains the benefits of specific goals and why a pair of resolutions may lead to better rates of success.
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