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Psychology of New Year's resolutions

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- Some people vow to quite smoking or to get in shape, but after awhile they fall back into bad habits.

A mental health counselor we talked to in Richland says no matter what your resolution, there's a science to changing past behaviors.

"Be honest with yourself, pick something that is realistic, start small and work towards a bigger goal rather than solely focusing on the larger goal," Says Jodi Wilson.

Wilson says making small goals and reaching them, will keep you on track and keep you motivated.

Build on what you do well instead of focusing on your weaknesses.

Recognize obstacles. She says if you've tried the resolution before you probably already know what gets in your way.