Verplanken and colleagues’ research indicates that we’re more likely to successfully change habits when attempts at the desired modifications are paired with other changes in our lives, such as moving to a new home. A press release for the upcoming Society of Personality and Social Psychology conference, where Verplanken will discuss his work, reports that this outcome is called the “discontinuity effect.”
“Thinking of Changing Your Behavior in 2017? Try Moving First.” 2017. Press release, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, http://spsp.org/news-center/press-release/resolution-habits.