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The year is half over. So I took a moment over the long holiday weekend to triumphantly write, “Mission accomplished!” in ink next to each of my New Year’s resolutions.

Just kidding. I didn’t actually continue much past January 15 with my vows to run four days a week and ditch all desserts from Monday through Friday. And I am certainly not alone. Simply wanting to change certain behaviors that we know raise the risk for health problems isn’t enough to get most of us to follow through, says John Updegraff, a professor of psychology at Kent State University.

Research suggests, however, that some techniques can raise the odds, at least a bit, of making positive behavior changes. Here are some strategies:

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