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The science of sticking with it

 A view of the crowd in Times Square during Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2023 in New York City.
A view of the crowd in Times Square during Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2023 in New York City.

We live a lot of our lives on autopilot, moving through daily routines, obligations, or habits. According to research by psychologist Wendy Wood, about 43 percent of our day is spent doing actions that are unconscious. 

But with a new year comes a new opportunity to pause, reset, and make a change.

Once we decide what changes, or resolutions we want to make in the new year, how do we stick with them? By changing our habits for the long term, can we change ourselves?

 

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