Do New Year’s resolutions really work?

With the onset of the holiday season, thoughts may soon turn to New Year’s resolutions as many try to ditch bad habits and establish new and healthier habits. But do New Year’s resolutions really work – and is January 1 the best time for a new goal?

A phenomenon called the “new start effect” suggests that the new year can be a good time to make resolutions and changes because it can serve as a “temporary turning point” that gives people a renewed commitment to goals.

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