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Today’s tip: Instead of a resolution, make a principle.

You may have heard the stat: Every year, research has estimated, 80% of New Year’s resolution-makers ditch their goals before reaching the finish line; the remaining 20% may or may not find satisfaction from their achievements. The error isn’t in…

Specificity is key

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Resolutions — made right — can make a huge difference in boosting happiness,” says Gretchen Rubin, host of the podcast Happier With Gretchen Rubin and the author of several books on happiness. The “made right” is important. Resolving to make a change won’t make the change happen on its own…

There’s nothing special about January 1

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If you wrote down New Year’s resolutions in January, you might well dread coming across the scrawled list now. We’re almost midway through the year, and for many of us, the last few months have been more about getting by than crushing it.

The truth is, even in normal times…

Begin low-key and think short term

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For six years, I was a consistent runner. I logged around 25 miles a week, running 5Ks and half-marathons. I even ran a couple of marathons. But in 2018, after I swapped my freelance life for one in an office and also began a demanding two-year musical theater program, my…

Fitter. Happier. More productive. There, robot worker drone, you’re fixed!

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You know what would be great? If I weighed 30 pounds less, worked more efficiently, fought for justice, parented with patience, spent less money, and never experienced sadness, anger, frustration, or temptation.

Hey, I know what I’ll do! I’ll just resolve to make that happen! First, I’ll decide that I’m…

Tips and resources to help total beginners stay on track with some of the most common self-improvement projects

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Practicing good habits is hard. If it weren’t, everyone would already be super-organized and financially responsible, whipping up healthy meals for themselves each day, and following regular exercise routines and five-year plans. At the beginning of a new year, high on the optimism that comes with fresh starts, it’s easy…


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