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How To Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

Maya Shankar on creating smart, sustainable habits.


Episode Notes

January is barely two weeks old and already some of our ambitious New Year’s resolutions may be starting to fade. No shame! Approximately 90% of resolution makers don’t reach their goal. Which means there’s gotta be a better way. Our listener this week, Emily, is discouraged about her unhealthy eating and lack of exercise and wants to form better habits that last long after the new year. On this episode of How To!, we bring on Maya Shankar. Maya is a cognitive scientist and host of the award-winning podcast, A Slight Change of Plans. Relying on decades of research, she helps Emily (and all of us) set ourselves up for success based on what works for actual humans.

If you liked this episode, check out: “How To Eat Whatever You Want” and “How To Lose Weight and Keep It Off

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Podcast production by Derek John, Rosemary Belson, and Kevin Bendis.

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