December 31, 2013

New Year’s Resolutions

Nearly half of us will make a resolution for the New Year.

But do they work?

Surprisingly, yes. At least for some.

Psychologists from the University of Scranton conducted research to learn more about behavior patterns associated with New Year’s resolutions. They interviewed 400 people at random and identified three distinct groups:

  1. those not making any resolutions;
  2. those contemplating a resolution, but not at New Year’s; and
  3. those committed to a New Year’s resolution.

Researchers found that only 4% of contemplators were successful after six months compared to 46% of those committed to New Year’s resolutions.

Dr. Mike Evans is a doctor-professor from Toronto who creates clever white board presentations to build awareness of important health topics. His YouTube channel is a self-proclaimed “med school for the public.”

Do you have plans to make a positive change in 2014? Watch Dr. Mike’s presentation on New Year’s resolutions to get you started.

Happy New Year.