Using willpower to reach your New Year’s resolutions? Don’t, says psychologist
CBC Radio - 01/19/2018
Given up on your New Year’s resolutions already? You’re not alone.
Research shows that only eight per cent of resolutions are kept throughout the year, while fully 25 per cent fail within the first week.
Northeastern University psychology professor David DeSteno says that’s because we’re going about it wrong, because using willpower to change our habits simply doesn’t work.
“When we are trying to use willpower, we are trying to stifle desire we have for something that’s more pleasurable in the moment as opposed to something that is better for us in the future,” DeSteno, the author of Emotional Success: The Power of Gratitude, Compassion, and Pride, tells The Current guest host Laura Lynch.