January 2018

The Science of New Year’s Resolutions and Why They Don’t Work (Usually)

by Michael Velazquez

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The 3 Velazquez - Holidays 2017

You are never too old to set another goal, or to dream a new dream.

C.S Lewis

Happy New Year Everybody!

 I had two choices for this article: this one, or I could have written about the new tax law. As the latter is so technical, with many ramifications, I opted for the former.

 I did some research. What I found was interesting and even useful. Psychology can sometimes be a feeble science but not this time. Please keep reading. It won’t be boring (like the tax law would have been).

 With every ringing in of the New Year and champagne cork that pops, there are just as many repentant souls promising lasting changes in their lives through the magic of New Year’s Resolutions. You won’t be surprised to know the top 4 resolutions: 1. Losing weight 2. Doing more exercise 3. Quitting smoking 4. Saving money.

 Professor John Norcross, PhD, studied this issue at the University of Scranton and found that less than 10% of resolutions are actually achieved. But why? We can find some answers in the two main lines of brain and behavior science: the sciences of habits and self-stories.

The Science of New Year’s Resolutions and Why They Don’t Work (Usually)

by Michael Velazquez

The 3 Velazquez_0.jpg

The 3 Velazquez - Holidays 2017

You are never too old to set another goal, or to dream a new dream.

C.S Lewis

Happy New Year Everybody!

 I had two choices for this article: this one, or I could have written about the new tax law. As the latter is so technical, with many ramifications, I opted for the former.

 I did some research. What I found was interesting and even useful. Psychology can sometimes be a feeble science but not this time. Please keep reading. It won’t be boring (like the tax law would have been).

 With every ringing in of the New Year and champagne cork that pops, there are just as many repentant souls promising lasting changes in their lives through the magic of New Year’s Resolutions. You won’t be surprised to know the top 4 resolutions: 1. Losing weight 2. Doing more exercise 3. Quitting smoking 4. Saving money.

 Professor John Norcross, PhD, studied this issue at the University of Scranton and found that less than 10% of resolutions are actually achieved. But why? We can find some answers in the two main lines of brain and behavior science: the sciences of habits and self-stories.