“With the promise of a vaccine and the potential for a return to normality, the start of this year has given us something we’ve been missing for a long time: hope.
“Research shows this collective new year optimism provides a powerful opportunity to change our behavior for the better.
That’s why I advise my students to take a more evidence-based approach to picking resolutions, inspired by scientific studies of what does make us feel good.
“For example, instead of trying to change your body shape this month, focus on changing your mindset.
1. Try counting your blessings before you fall asleep.
2. Study after study shows that people are happier when they’re helping people in need.
3. Treating ourselves kindly and recognizing that suffering and frailty are just part of being human.
Remind yourself that being human means not being perfect all the time, and give yourself compassionate touches, stroking your hand as you would to soothe a friend.