How to make those New Year’s resolutions stick

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Losing weight. Quitting smoking. Saving money. Those are just some of the most popular New Year's resolutions.

Every year starts out with the best intentions to become your best self, but the question is, how do you make them stick?

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According to a 2015 story from U.S. News and World Report, 80% of New Year's resolutions fail by the second week of February.

But the American Psychological Association says five things can turn a struggle into a success.

They say the first step is to start small and go after a realistic goal. For example, if more exercise is your resolution, then begin with a few days a week instead of seven.

Next, change one behavior at a time. Experts say changing too much at once may be overwhelming.

They also recommend talking about it.  Make sure family and friends know your goals so they can help. But if you have a slip, don't beat yourself up. Simply recover from the mistake and get back on track.

Finally, seek support. Don't face the stress of reaching your goals alone. Joining a group, like a workout class, or getting together with others who are quitting smoking, can help with resolution success.

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