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The Key to Sticking to Your New Year’s Resolution Is Specifically Hearing the Phrase

Apparently the key to sticking to your New Year’s resolution is to hope your friends all talk like Paris Hilton circa 2005.  So if you’re finding your willpower is already fading after a week, let’s hope you hear the magic words to keep you going.

A new study found that the key to staying motivated to keep a New Year’s resolution to lose weight or get in shape is to hear people say you look “super hot.”  Yes, specifically “super hot.”  No other phrase will work.

Dr. Becky Spelman is a cognitive behavioral psychiatrist, and she ran the study.  Here’s her explanation for why “super hot” works.

Quote, “Hearing, ‘You’re looking super hot today!’ resonates more than a straightforward, ‘You’re looking good.’  The words suggest that our friend is having a visceral, emotional response to our appearance.”

In other words, a person might say you’re looking good because they know you’re dieting . . . but if they say you’re super hot, it’s because that’s what popped into their head.  So you interpret it as authentic and honest, and that’s more motivational.

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