Microresolutions: Sometimes You Have to Think Small to Think Big

Learn about a method for making targeted commitments that succeeded virtually every time.

If you want to demoralize yourself for the New Year, make a resolution! You'll lose weight. You'll quit smoking. You'll get thin by summer. You'll be a better person.

Then, when you inevitably fail, you will feel powerless to make real progress in your life and realize your goals. 

On the other hand, you can consider the advice that Caroline Arnold provides in her new book Small Move, Big Change: Using Microresolutions to Transform Your Life Permanently

What is a microresolution?

Arnold is a Wall Street innovator who built the auction system for Google's IPO. In her book, Arnold offers up her life as a case study, contrasting her career successes with her resolution failures - from going to the gym regularly to spending more time with her family. After a particularly painful flop, Arnold writes, she decided to assign herself a small but meaningful behavioral change, and in the process "stumbled onto a method for making targeted commitments that succeeded virtually every time."

To find out how to make a microresolution, you can read an excerpt from Arnold's book here.

Image courtesy of Shutterstock

Why American history lives between the cracks

The stories we tell define history. So who gets the mic in America?

  • History is written by lions. But it's also recorded by lambs.
  • In order to understand American history, we need to look at the events of the past as more prismatic than the narrative given to us in high school textbooks.
  • Including different voices can paint a more full and vibrant portrait of America. Which is why more walks of American life can and should be storytellers.
Keep reading Show less

Juice is terrible for children. Why do we keep giving it to them?

A glass of juice has as much sugar, ounce for ounce, as a full-calorie soda. And those vitamins do almost nothing.

Pixabay user Stocksnap

Quick: think back to childhood (if you've reached the scary clown you've gone too far). What did your parents or guardians give you to keep you quiet? If you're anything like most parents, it was juice. But here's the thing: juice is bad for you. 

Keep reading Show less

Orangutans exhibit awareness of the past

Orangutans join humans and bees in a very exclusive club

(Eugene Sim/Shutterstock)
Surprising Science
  • Orangutan mothers wait to sound a danger alarm to avoid tipping off predators to their location
  • It took a couple of researchers crawling around the Sumatran jungle to discover the phenomenon
  • This ability may come from a common ancestor
Keep reading Show less