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In Praise of New Year’s Resolutions

Why they work

Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash

In recent years, a grim narrative about New Year’s resolutions has gelled: they don’t work. Not only are they doomed to fail, we’re told, but they can actually prove counterproductive, sapping your spirit and deflating your confidence. The takeaway: don’t bother.

Not so fast. There is mounting evidence that “contrary to widespread public opinion, a…

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