Anatomy of New Year's Resolutions (Episode 173)


Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about how to make and keep New Year's resolutions, discussing ideas proposed in Time magazine, the Globe and Mail, and the New York Times. Topics include:

  • Are resolutions helpful or harmful?

  • What kinds of resolutions lead to change?

  • What is willpower and how does it work?

  • How can you maximize the odds of successfully keeping your resolutions?

Dr. G's resolution was to stay in shape, but as we discuss in the show, being specific is important - he actually made a resolution to exercise at least three times per week.

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Note: Posts on Family Anatomy are for education only, and are not intended to replace professional or medical advice. If you need to talk to someone about family or mental health issues, you can get a referral from your family doctor. Doctors Brian and Giuseppe discussed kids and families in general in this episode, but every child and family is unique; your experience may vary from that discussed in this episode.