These Four Letters Could Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

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If you’re anything like me, in the past 24 hours you’ve made declarative statements like, “I’m never eating white flour again!” or “Today will be the day I stop watching so many Law & Order: SVU marathons!” Then you’ve promptly broken said vows with a bowl of cheese-stuffed ravioli in one hand and a remote control in the other—rinse, repeat.

The phrase “talk is cheap” comes to mind here, but next time I set my lofty goals, I might just be able to keep my word, thanks to this nifty trick: The folks over on Science of Us have clued us in to a four-step technique that research has shown helps people to actually achieve what they set out to do. Like, for instance, it helped people who wanted to eat more fruits and vegetables actually eat more fruits and vegetables—instead of, you know, just saying, “I’m going to eat more vegetables!” and eating pasta instead. Impressive.

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Poll: Will You Make a New Year’s Resolution?

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Believe it or not, we’re less than a month out from the new year. Am I the only one who feels like 2013 went by like THAT?! Seriously, time seems to fly faster and faster the older I get.

It’s always about this time of year, with visions of holiday trees and lights and gifts playing in my head, that I start to think about what I hope to accomplish in the coming year. I’ve always hated the word “resolution” so I prefer to think of it as an exercise in goal setting. Problem is, most of them don’t usually, er, stick.

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