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What’s the secret to keeping a New Year’s resolution?

"Making Habits, Breaking Habits," by Jeremy Dean

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Every year, resolutions are made and broken, promises to take up new hobbies and habits, to break old ones fall by the wayside. In his book, “Making Habits, Breaking Habits: Why We Do Things, Why We Don’t and How to Make Any Change Stick,” Jeremy Dean explores the psychology behind some of our most basic behavior.

Why is it so hard to incorporate simple changes into daily life? Why is it so difficult to break bad habits? Dean’s examination of one of the brain’s most powerful processes is compelling and insightful – and his advice to habit-breakers is especially pertinent as we enter the new year.

Do you have trouble making or breaking habits? What are your plans for keeping your resolutions this year?


Jeremy Dean, author of “Making Habits, Breaking Habits: Why We Do Things, Why We Don’t, and How to Make Any Change Stick” (Da Capo/Perseus Books), psychologist, researcher at University College London and founder of the website Psyblog