12/30/2011 08:36 am ET Updated Feb 29, 2012

Stress Relief For 2012: 5 Easy Resolutions That Will Stick!

The new year is up on the calendar. Will this be another year that you vow to start exercising only to drop your gym membership by Valentine's Day? Remember the year you were determined to start flossing? Take vitamins? Give up soda?

Studies show that even people with life threatening illnesses are not successful at creating lasting permanent lifestyle changes. Why? Because change is hard work! It takes a tsunami of sustainable energy to effect long term, lasting change.

But what if the changes were such simple shifts of attention that they required virtually no effort? And what if they were prompted by activities that you already do so that you won't forget? And what if, on top of all that, they actually made your life better?

Sound too good to be true? It's not! Implement even one of these five simple practices into your day and you'll find yourself happier and less stressful.

Hint: Use strategically placed Post-it reminders for the first few weeks until these healthy habits become automatic.

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With these easy shortcuts to wellbeing, this will be the year that your New Year's resolutions finally stick.