Do New Year's resolutions really work?

With the holiday season underway, thoughts may soon turn to New Year’s resolutions as many seek to eradicate bad habits and establish new and healthier ones. But do New Year’s resolutions actually work — and is Jan. 1 the best time for a new goal? 

One phenomenon, dubbed the “fresh start effect,” suggests that the new year may be a good moment to make resolutions and changes, because it can act as a “temporal landmark” that gives people a renewed commitment to goals. 


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