01/02/2015

Don’t Stress! How to (Hopefully) Keep New Year’s Resolutions

11:52 minutes

Starting out 2015 by choosing a cup of blueberry yogurt instead of some perfectly buttered blueberry pancakes probably feels like a test of willpower. But as you try to keep your new year’s resolutions, willpower is only part of the equation. What could end up undermining your goals is not your lack of discipline but your abundance of stress. The Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Amit Sood explains the effect stress can have on willpower. Plus, New York Times columnist Kit Eaton suggests apps to help you stick to your resolutions.

Segment Guests

Amit Sood

Amit Sood is a professor of medicine at the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Kit Eaton

Kit Eaton is a columnist for the New York Times based in Lisbon, Portugal.

Meet the Producer

About Becky Fogel

Becky Fogel is a newscast host and producer at Texas Standard, a daily news show broadcast by KUT in Austin, Texas. She was formerly Science Friday’s production assistant.