Do you make a New Year’s resolution every year? It turns out that people who make resolutions at the New Year have a much higher chance of keeping them. This video by Dr. Mike Evans, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto, looks at research and tools for making and keeping successful New Year’s resolutions.

Research shows turning resolutions into behavioral habits will increase your chance of success.

  • Chunk down bigger goals into smaller behaviors that have a trigger and a reward.
  • Have a plan for weaker moments.
  • Don’t perceive behavioral change as an all or nothing endeavor. If at first you don’t succeed, try again.

Here are some other resources to help you reach your goals.

“January was named by the Romans to honor Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions, who faces both the future and the past,” Doctor Mike says. “I think that’s what is special about New Years: learning from the past, but pointing to a new you and saying that’s where I want to go.”

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Andy is the Assistant Director of Communications and Events for the Berkeley Graduate Division.