New Year, New Blog

First of all, thank you for all the positive feedback and support you have given to the FC blog. It has been a very successful first year, and I am really looking forward to another year of informative fun here in 2014. I have to admit that I felt better about the first 6 months of the blog than the last six, in terms of content, but I do want to assure you readers that FascialConnections will be more regular in 2014. IT is my New Years Resolution that there will be regular updates of at least several times a week, sometimes daily. If you want to receive e-notices of when there's a new article, go here.

So we've all made New Years Resolutions before and they've always worked, right? get-in-losers-were-going-to-do-science

So let's take a moment to look at how we can do that better, and let's use science!

The NYT recently had a nice piece on just that. Here's the high points:

1) Make a Plan.

We know this, make and plan and see it through (that's what Brian Boitano would do). Write it down. Put a date on it. Researchers found  that when people wrote down the specific date they would get their flu shot they were 13% more successful than the control group. So make a plan, it's like a promise to yourself and harder to break than a "mental note".

2) Risk Something, Put it on the Line

Okay, this kind of negative reinforcement does not appeal to me but a study published in JAMA found that individuals who agreed to a monetary penalty for not losing weight actually lost, on average, 14 more pounds than the control group. And there are other studies.

3) Be in an Environment that Supports the Change

Alan Deutschman documented this quite well in his book Change or Die (which I highly recommend to anyone in the " Change Industry"). If you are trying to change a behavior, achieve a goal, what have you, surround yourself with people who have done the same thing.

A 2012 study on peer mentoring among diabetics found that talking to others who were  successful in managing their glucose control, lowering their hemoglobin A1c , was actually more successful than those who were in the monetary reward group (who lowered their hemoglobin A1c, but not in a clinically significant way).

So there you have it, some bits on the science of change. It's new year: go out, change yourself and change world!

Research, ScienceDavid Lesondak