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5 Tips to Help Make New Year's Resolutions Stick
Turn them into habits that aren't easily broken, psychologist advises
-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
FRIDAY, Jan. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New Year's resolutions are more easily made than kept, but there are ways to turn them into lifelong habits, a psychologist says.
"Everyone is motivated when they first decide to make a New Year's resolution," Josh Klapow, a clinical psychologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said in a university news release. "The problem is that you can ride the wave of motivation for only a short while. If you want to stick with your resolution, you'd better make it a habit."
Klapow advises those making New Year's resolutions to follow the "S.M.A.R.T." system, which includes the following five steps:
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides tips on how to improve your health in the new year.
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