Local experts offer tips for keeping 2019 resolutions

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Jan Loveland Contributing Writer

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Dr. Trevor Darnell, of Rapid City, approaches new year's resolutions from the perspective of a competitive runner who's always in training. 

REGION – Most folks understand that New Year’s resolutions are flimsy attempts at self-improvement. However, a number of expert observers have suggested ways in which imperfect people can perfect their techniques of keeping resolutions. They believe that with effective planning and support, resolutions can lead to better health, wealth and happiness.

Keeping that in mind, a sampling of local experts shared their personal and professional wisdom on the topic of upholding promises to yourself or others in 2019.

 

“Most people don’t keep them. We know that,” said Dr. Judith Kuiper, Ph.D., a psychologist from Central Lake. “Our brains are not very good at putting up without short-term rewards.”

When counseling clients, Kuiper emphasizes that if we totally give up on those short-term desires, failure is inevitable.

“Always make sure not to give away your current pleasures,” she advises. Kuiper also feels that resolutions are often too large or too generic to succeed. She suggests that increasing the length of a current habit, like adding minutes to a workout you already do regularly, is the perfect way to link an ideal behavior change to reality.

She also advises cutting too-large of goals into smaller segments. Worry about losing 10 pounds before you commit to losing 50, as early success helps solidify your motivation.

Pastor David Ramage of Church in the Hills in Bellaire is “not a big fan” (of resolutions), except that humans need motivation.”

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