Are Habits Easier To Make Or Break?

With people starting to give up on their New Year's Resolutions, I think it is time to look into the science of making and keeping habits - and particularly, is it easier to take on a new skill or habit, or to give one up?

Making new habits isn't quite as hard as breaking a habit, and it turns out that making new ones is a better strategy. There are five bits of advice I would give to make you keep your resolutions - but you'll have to watch the video to find out ;)

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Inés Dawson is a PhD student and animal flight scientist at the University of Oxford.

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