According to a 2014 study analyzing the custom of making New Year’s resolutions, approximately 45 percent of Americans declare annual intentions, however only 8 percent achieve them. To increase resolution success rates in 2015, Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment recommends mindfulness to help ease the burden of change.
Regardless of the goal—from losing weight to getting organized to saving money—an effective way to break bad habits is to form good habits incompatible with the behaviors people want to change, and stick with it. The reward may not be apparent at first as it can take several months on average to form a new habit through repetition.
“When a person is mindful and makes a concerted effort to ‘stick with it’ eventually new connections to the brain’s reward center will…
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