During the first few days of the new year, youâ€™re likely to see more joggers on the streets than you will during any other time of the year â€“ most of them clad in their new, workout attire acquired during the holiday season. Within a few weeks though, the pack thins considerably, more and more would-be runners give up on their resolutions until the next year, when theyâ€™ll try it again. Most people donâ€™t follow through with their resolutions and the two most popular have always been getting in shape and quitting smoking.
According to a new study, a smoker has far better chances of quitting if they choose to quit on a normal day instead of on New Yearâ€™s Day as part of a resolution. In fact, studies show that smokers are most successful when they attempt to quit on a random Monday. Sounds weird, right? However, there is a little bit of psychology behind the stats.
Most smokers wonâ€™t be successful in quitting on their first try. Cigarettes are just THAT addictive. When a smoker resolves to quit on New Yearâ€™s Day and they fail (or anyone fails at ANY resolution), the typical response is â€œOh well, thereâ€™s always next year.â€ Because you associate quitting with an event that only come once per year, youâ€™re much more likely to wait an entire year before you seriously attempt quitting again.
Quitting on a random Monday produces higher numbers of success because the day isnâ€™t associated with anything special. If you fail at quitting, guess what â€“ thereâ€™s next Monday. Youâ€™re more likely to keep trying to quit when the importance of the day is quitting itself and not a huge holiday. The quitter can also use each Monday as a self-reward day for their continued non-use of cigarettes which helps keep them going and gives them something to look forward to.