It’s 2018….How to Stick to your New Year resolutions

New Year 2018

Scientific insights to help you stick to your new year resolution this time

We said bye to 2017 and are in the first week of 2018. Right time to make this year’s new year resolutions. As records says nearly 45% people make new year resolutions but less than 10% stick to their decisions. Despite repeated failings, we keep trying. This yearly tradition dates as far back as Ancient Rome. I am sure if you look into this year’s list there would be some carry over’s from last year like lose weight, quit smoking, join gym, restrict gadget usage and so on.

Mark Griffiths, professor at Nottingham Trent University states that the main reason that people don’t stick to their resolutions is that they set too many goals or they’re unrealistic to achieve. They may also be victims of “false hope syndrome”.

Despite repeated failure at attempts to change aspects of their behavior, people make frequent attempts at self-change. This cycle of failure and renewed effort is known as “false hope syndrome”

Neuroscience research indicates that our brains hate change. We are creatures of habit and are “wired to seek rewards and avoid pain or discomfort, including fear.” When we get scared after setting a goal, this often makes it more difficult to achieve. We then go back to what makes us comfortable.

Let’s set our resolution this time little different

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