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The science of setting resolutions: start small

Start small and choose just one new thing to change in the new year. Reflecting on each main category of your life and choosing one thing to do differently is a great way to feel like you are starting over.

Starting small can also be a good way to avoid disappointment.

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  • Setting goals is a motivational technique, and when done correctly, it can be effective to help you solve a particular problem.
  • We all have an idea about the importance of setting goals, but there is a science behind setting goals and executing them.

  1. Personal goals: Ask yourself, “How have I taken care of myself this year? What is one thing I can add to my routine that involves self-care?”
  2. Household goals: Choose one area of the house to clean out in January. 
  3. Relationship goals:

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