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Sarah Green Carmichael

There’s a Science to Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

Focus on one thing, keep it positive and set a time limit.

Don’t stop to pat yourself on the back.

Don’t stop to pat yourself on the back.

Photographer: Fabrice CoffriniAFP/Getty Images

Here we go again. Another year begins — who knows what it might bring? If memes are anything to go by, a lot of us are afraid it could be even worse than 2020. Let’s hope not. 

In this wobbly time, New Year’s resolutions are inherently appealing (to a certain personality at least). A way to seize opportunity! Wrest control of some small portion of life! Not feel quite so much like a random piece of flotsam buffeted by events!