The New York Times

How to Crush Your Habits in the New Year With the Help of Science

This article originally appeared in The New York Times.

MAKE 2019 THE YEAR YOU ACTUALLY DO ALL THE THINGS YOU WANT TO DO. WE ASKED THE EXPERTS AND CHECKED THE JOURNALS FOR THE MOST USEFUL TIPS YOU CAN TAKE TO HEART.

It’s the shiniest time of year: that hopeful period when we imagine how remarkable — how fit and kind, how fiscally responsible — our future selves could be. And while you may think “new year, new you” is nothing more than a cringey, magazine-cover trope, research supports its legitimacy.

“It’s not like there’s something magical about Dec. 31,” explained Charles Duhigg, the author of “The Power of Habit.” “What is magical is our mind’s capacity to create new narratives for ourselves, and to look for events as an opportunity to change the narrative.”

One such opportunity? January. Since most

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from The New York Times

The New York Times3 min read
Why We Need 'Game of Thrones'
The epic fantasy series is more than just escape. It is a way of imagining our way to the future.
The New York Times7 min read
Three Courses, 20 Euros: The Affordable Dining Renaissance in Paris
(Frugal Traveler) On a drizzly night in Paris, a crowd spilled out the door of Bouillon Julien and onto the slick sidewalk lining the rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis. The lure was a bargain-priced meal that promised to be surprising for both its quality
The New York Times4 min readTech
The Privacy Project: Think You're Discreet Online? Think Again
People concerned about privacy often try to be “careful” online. They stay off social media, or if they’re on it, they post cautiously. They don’t share information about their religious beliefs, personal life, health status or political views. By do