by Sarah JF Braley | December 20, 2019
No matter which vows you make as the ball drops on Dec. 31, the American Psychological Association can help you keep your promises. According to this APA article, the frustration of failed resolutions can make the later winter months feel hopeless. But, says psychologist Lynn Bufka, PhD., in the piece, "Setting small, attainable goals throughout the year, instead of a singular, overwhelming goal on Jan. 1, can help you reach whatever it is you strive for. Remember, it is not the extent of the change that matters, but rather the act of recognizing that lifestyle change is important." By making realistic resolutions, the APA advises, you will be more likely to keep them, thereby incorporating healthy behavior into your everyday life.