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5 Mantras to Make Your Resolution Stick

5 Inspirational Quotes That Actually Work

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Let’s face it: Inspirational quotes are rarely helpful. Mainly because they are dealt with one of two ways: either you read, you scroll, click, pin, and forget, or a quote resonates so deep that it’s now framed in your bathroom, earning a mindless gaze while brushing your teeth. You know what that calls to mind? Those inspiration quotes that used to line our school guidance counselor's office. Is that really your life now? It’s 2015—and it doesn’t have to be. These science-backed quotes will fuel your motivation and make this the year you actually stick to your resolution. Memorize these mantras and say them to yourself when you’re thinking of giving up. We’re not saying it won’t be hard, but we are saying it will be worth it—not just in January, but in March too.

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I Am Grateful

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We're harping on it like everyone else, but gratitude works—if your resolution involves trying to improve your relationships, sleep habits or overall well-being, according to a study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, being grateful can help you get go the distance. List what your thankful for in your head or out loud, on the way to work or before bed and feel the benefits instantly. Need more reasons? Check out 5 Ways Gratitude is Good for your Health.

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I Will

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Studies on willpower point in multiple directions—some say it acts like a muscle and weakens with exertion, others say it's steadfast and tied to your ego. One thing they all agree on: If you think you have willpower, you do. If you don't, you don't.
 

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I am Not Alone

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This may be your first rodeo, but chances are it's not someone else's. Trying to go on a sugar detox? Talk to other people who have done it before. A study published by the Annals of Internal Medicine show that those who have a mentor are more likely to reach their goals (it's also a great way to help with workout burnout).

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I Am Enough

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Self-acceptance was ranked as the number one source for happiness, according to a 2014 survey, yet participants said they practiced it the least. Thinking that you are good enough to keep working toward your resolution may up your mood, and make you more likelier to stick with it.

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I Create My Own Calm

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There's actually science behind those ubiquitous "Keep Calm and Carry On" posters...and notebooks...and cell phone cases. Undergraduate participants in a study wrote down charactaristics they had during exam failures and successes, and feeling calm was consistently linked to success. Shocking, we know, but finding solace amid the workday may help you stay on track toward your goal.

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