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Newswise: Why We Make (and Break) New Year’s Resolutions, and 4 Tips to Help You Achieve Your Goals

Why We Make (and Break) New Year’s Resolutions, and 4 Tips to Help You Achieve Your Goals

Nuvance Health

Research shows that as many as 50 percent of adults in the United States make New Year’s resolutions, but fewer than 10 percent keep them for more than a few months. Giving up on New Year’s resolutions is often related to three issues: difficulty breaking old habits, focusing on specific outcomes, and problems with purpose. You can increase your chances of achieving your New Year’s resolutions by setting realistic and achievable process goals that will help you form new habits, as well as following other steps for success.

Channels: Mindfulness, Psychology and Psychiatry,

16-Jan-2020 8:05 AM EST

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Reconnecting with nature key for sustainability

University of Exeter

People who live in more built up areas and spend less free-time in nature are also less likely to take actions that benefit the environment, such as recycling, buying eco-friendly products, and environmental volunteering.

Channels: Climate Science, Environmental Health, Environmental Science, Mindfulness, Nature, Pollution, All Journal News,

15-Jan-2020 11:55 AM EST
31-Dec-2019 2:20 PM EST
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New Year's resolution: Wait until spring

Washington University in St. Louis

Tim Bono offers sound advice about where people go wrong when setting New Year’s resolutions.Wait a few months, said Bono, assistant dean for assessment in Student Affairs and lecturer in Psychological & Brain Sciences in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis.People tend to see resolutions a black or white, he said, forgetting that change is incremental; being “happier” is a better resolution than being “happy,” for instance.

Channels: Behavioral Science, Mindfulness, Psychology and Psychiatry, Winter Holidays, Staff Picks,

27-Dec-2019 12:05 PM EST

Arts and Humanities

For restricted eaters, a place at the table but not the meal

Cornell University

People with restricted diets – due to allergies, health issues or religious or cultural norms – are more likely to feel lonely when they can’t share in what others are eating, new Cornell University research shows.

Channels: Behavioral Science, Food and Water Safety, Health Food, Mindfulness, Psychology and Psychiatry, All Journal News, Children's Health, Allergies, Staff Picks,

23-Dec-2019 3:45 PM EST
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Social and Behavioral Sciences

Newswise: The Medical Minute: Healthy eating over the holidays

The Medical Minute: Healthy eating over the holidays

Penn State Health

Between bountiful buffets and “food-pushing relatives,” the winter holidays hold landmines for those trying to eat healthy. Check out these tips for navigating the holiday eating scene.

Channels: All Journal News, Health Food, Mindfulness, Nutrition,

18-Dec-2019 2:25 PM EST
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Newswise: 5 ways to be a healthy holiday party pro

5 ways to be a healthy holiday party pro

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Lavish get-togethers with delicious treats by the sleigh-full will abound, but will that cause your waistline to bulge as well?

Channels: All Journal News, Exercise and Fitness, Health Food, Mindfulness, Nutrition, Winter Holidays,

17-Dec-2019 10:10 AM EST
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Managing the Holidays with a Long-Term Illness

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Leora Lowenthal, LICSW-OSW-C, manager of the oncology social work program at BIDMC, and Hester Hill Schnipper, LICSW, OSW-C, provide advice on rethinking holiday traditions and celebrations to capture more peace in the face of a long-term illness.

Channels: All Journal News, Cancer, Mental Health, Mindfulness, Winter Holidays,

12-Dec-2019 1:50 PM EST
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Social and Behavioral Sciences