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New Year's resolutions? Brain can sabotage success

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My resolution is to never make a resolution. Very successful.

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I already passed my one resolution: not to eat too much during the holiday festivities. I hardly ate anything at all since I was busy with other stuff.

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This is old news in fact its not even news now.

It all comes down to ones will power and controlling the urges, strong willed people can stop smoking, go one diets and stick to them, give up alcohol and drugs while weak willed will succumb to the temptation and relapse.

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It all comes down to ones will power and controlling the urges, strong willed people can stop smoking, go one diets and stick to them, give up alcohol and drugs while weak willed will succumb to the temptation and relapse.

Not really. It's all up to the government to pass restrictive laws to protect people from their own harmful urges.

Isn't that right, Mayor Bloomberg?

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goddog, I'm with you on this one :-)

It all comes down to ones will power and controlling the urges, strong willed people can stop smoking, go one diets and stick to them, give up alcohol and drugs while weak willed will succumb to the temptation and relapse.

Not really. It's all up to the government to pass restrictive laws to protect people from their own harmful urges.

The question here is whether or to what extent we are genetically predisposed to have a strong or weak will. And what harms society as a whole can incur from people with weak wills. Depending on these relations, restrictive laws can be the best answer.

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"fudge vs broccoli"

This is ridiculous. No one decides whether to eat fudge instead of broccoli. The two foods are completely different. You decide between fudge and ice cream, or broccoli and spinach! But wait, this is veering off-topic! The topic is New Year's resolutions! OK, I resolve to eat fudge and broccoli on some days, and ice cream and spinach on other days!

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If you set unrealistic goals, especially 'cold turkey' type of goals, you will find them hard to reach. You have to set manageable ones. However, I usually struggle either way. It's fun to see how well you did/didn't do. New Year's resolutions should be taken as lightheartedly as possible, I say.

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My New Year Resolution is to be less patient with halfwits and nitwits.

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Ivan - Don't make resolutions you canna keep, ha ha!

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Like Mocheake say, manageable goal is the key I guess. They say "A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step". But when it comes to New Year's resolutions J people will also say 三日坊主 mikka bozu which means "calling it quits on the 3rd day"!

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This year I will not disagree with any of my imaginary friends and keep dopamine levels up up up

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Sarge - believe me, I can keep this one. I'm all out of nice.

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Twenty years ago I made a New Years resolution to never make another New Years resolution and I've had no problems keeping it. ;)

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Don't worry and just be happy. Eat wagashis ! :)

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I guess finally visiting Turkey this year would be nice^^

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