Happy New Year!!!

Before we get into the show, I wanted to pass on some good news. The show has been nominated for Best Science and Medicine Podcast at the Canadian Podcast Awards!

We’ll have more details on this soon but for now let’s just say…

(I love this shot…)

Okay, so it’s 2019. The old year is gone and the new one brings promise of better times and for many, a healthier self thanks to those…

(Yeah, you know…)

Of course, it all sounds great at first. We’re definitely going to be better! But as many of us have realized in the past, the usual outcome after a few weeks, days and for some, hours is…

(Can you relate?)

This week on the SASS cast, we take a look at why resolutions fail. As the title of the episode implies, the resolutions we make could be better described with another word…

REHAB

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https://omny.fm/shows/super-awesome-science-show/sass-ep7-rehab-final-rough

When you think about it, resolutions are really about gaining self control. As we have learned for decades, this is not an easy proposition to make. We can control others but controlling ourselves can be nearly impossible.

It’s why we reached out to a person who has spent his whole life looking at the idea of personal behaviour in the context of consumerism. He is…

(Dr. Lalatendu Acharya)

I had a blast speaking with him on a variety of issues regarding resolutions and how we might be able to achieve them. Although I don’t want to give anything away, the answer to success may be to ensure we never act alone.

If you have known anyone who has gone through recovery from addiction, you’ll recognize how important that is. If not…then you need to watch…

(I love this show…)

Our next guest has another artistic perspective when it comes to why resolutions don’t work. But instead of a fun loving comedy on how to deal with the affliction of addiction, this one has to do with the hardships of…

(Hermione Granger…)

Yes, everybody’s favorite Harry Potter character suffers from a condition we all experience and it can get in the way of completing your New Year’s Resolutions. It’s known as Social Desirability Bias or SDB and it isn’t an easy phenomenon to understand. But thankfully, we have the perfect person to tell us all about it.

(Courtney Bir)

I honestly loved talking with Courtney as we had fantastic discussions on a variety of different topics including…

  1. SDB as it relates to health policy.
  2. SDB and New Year’s Resolutions.
  3. Why no one likes Ron Weasley.
  4. Can SDB happen on a deserted island?

For the record, I think it is possible thanks to…

(Wilson is more than just a volleyball…)

In our SASS Class, we learn about one of the most troubling obstacles to our ability to keep those weight loss resolutions. Making it worse is that it’s an important part of our everyday lives…

(The grocery store…)

Back in 2014, there was a study that revealed our habits when it comes to calories purchased tend not to go down after the Holidays even though we promise to eat less and lose weight. In many cases, the amount of calories goes up!

The person behind this very cold glass of realism is…

(Dr. Lizzy Pope…)

You simply have to listen to her discuss the article and how it applies to every one of us. It’s fascinating to learn about why we can’t seem to buy less and also how our social calendar never really affords us the opportunity to dial back on our eating habits.

We also get into another problem encountered at this time although it may not be considered such by everyone…

(We’re not talking about his diet…)

I hope you enjoy this episode of the Super Awesome Science Show. If you do, please subscribe on your favorite podcast platform. You could even make listening to the show a Resolution that is bound to be achieved.

If you have a question, comment or idea for the show, let me know in the comments below or by sending me an Email at: thegermguy@gmail.com. I’ve already heard from a number of people and their contributions are indeed awesome.

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