By Pat St. Claire, CNN
(CNN) – Welcome to the Sunday Playlist, sounds and stories we've discovered from other audio producers and that we want to share with our listeners.
As another year draws to a close we start thinking about what the New Year will hold. In this edition of the Sunday Playlist, a few suggestions from around the Web to help you not only make some new resolutions, but hopefully to help you keep them.
- The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley suggests making new year's resolutions can be a fun and useful family affair. In its Happiness Matters Podcast sociologist Christine Carter and R.N. Rona Renna offer advice for helping your kids make resolutions that they can keep. They even provide a fun "habit tracker" tool you can download to help your children keep up with how well they're doing.
- Grown-ups tend to make the same resolutions year-in and year-out: lose weight, eat better, stop smoking, etc. Those resolutions usually fall by the wayside quicker than you can say "New Year's." In fact, The U.K.'s Mental Health Foundation says 80% of those who make resolutions fail to achieve them, mainly because the goal was unrealistic. But, don't be discouraged. The organization's website offers seven concrete steps you can take to achieve your New Year's goals and a couple of podcasts to support you in your efforts. The first is New Year's Resolutions-A Healthy Diet. It looks at how diet affects mental health and how your overall mental and physical well-being can be improved by simply changing your eating habits. The second is New Year's Resolutions-Exercise which similarly explains the benefits of exercise for both your physical and mental health. It also explains techniques to help you make exercise a regular part of your daily life.
Hopefully these podcasts will give you that little extra push to keep the resolutions you make this time around.
Good luck and good listening!
–The CNN Radio team.