advertisement advertisement advertisement Drink less, quit smoking, start to eat healthily, be nice to your relatives, exercise more, and give up your toxic relationships. These are just some of the common resolutions most of us make and subsequently break, year after year. Although estimates vary, scientific evidence suggests that new year's resolutions are typically broken within the first few weeks, and less than 20% of people are able to maintain them for a couple of years, and with a few slips in between. advertisement advertisement Psychologically, there is something quite interesting about our enthusiasm for starting the new year trying to be a better version of ourselves, only to give up and revert to our undesirable habits shortly thereafter, and recycle the same resolutions the following year. One interpretation is that our resolutions simply reflect unrealistic hopes and wishful thinking or optimism delusion . Another is that we're just not that serious about making changes, so we aren't really willing to do what it takes to achieve them. This reminds me of the old joke about how many psychologists are needed to change one lightbulb: only one, so long as the lightbulb really wants to change. Fortunately, this doesn't mean… Read full this story
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