Surely, New Year’s resolutions is not something new or strange to anyone. Each and every one of us must have been through this: whether it is to quit smoking, or have a more balanced diet, or start saving money. How many of us can boast actual success as a result of such resolutions? Unfortunately, the data show a grim reality: as few as less than 10% manage to keep them for more than several months. Now, why is that, you might wonder? According to Mr. Mark Griffiths, professor of behavioural addiction, it is easy for people to “fall into bad habits” and, on trying to give up such habits, “it is easy to relapse”. According to Mr. Griffiths, people do not stick to their resolutions mainly because they set too many of them or they are unrealistic and can thus not be achieved. It is easy to soon feel burdened and overwhelmed unless you take one step at a time, and set realistic goals. Furthermore, such people may also be “victims of false hope syndrome”.” (unrealistic expectations of self-change). What is it that separates the chaff from the wheat, though? And how does one go about staying on the right track? Join us and you will find not only how such goals can be set to last, but also how to go about them so as to fulfil your goals and achieve your resolutions.

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