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Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Make a realistic New Year's resolution

NEWTON

Maybe those New Years' resolutions aren't worth the effort after all.

Dr. Lisa Livshin, a Newton psychologist, told the Journal News of White Plains, N.Y. that trying to quit a habit for the new year is usually setting yourself up for failure.

"I'd rather say: 'I haven't been on a bike since I was a little kid, so by my next birthday I'd like to get on a bike,'" Livshin said. "Or I'd like to go to South Africa before I'm 50."

The trick, says the Psychiatric Society of Westchester County, N.Y., is to not let your goals exceed your capabilities. Making a resolution simply because of the date won't cut it.

-- Adam Sell

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