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Whether you want to make small improvements to your lifestyle or treat yourself to some self-care, the Harvard community can help you start something new this year.

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A guide to keeping your resolution

Moving forward, even slowly, puts your goals within reach.

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Practice mindfulness

Research on the health benefits of mindfulness and meditation are beginning to confirm what some have known for thousands of years.

How to get started

1. Sit

Sit on a straight-backed chair or comfortably on the floor.

2. Focus

Focus on your breath and pay attention to things such as the sensations of air flowing into your nostrils and out of your mouth, or your belly rising and falling as you inhale and exhale.

3. Expand

Once you’ve narrowed your concentration in this way, begin to widen your focus. Become aware of sounds, sensations, and ideas.

4. Embrace

Embrace and consider each thought or sensation without judging it good or bad. If your mind starts to race, return your focus to your breathing. Then expand your awareness again.

Read a great book

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Make adjustments for healthy aging

Discover the latest research from experts at Harvard Medical School and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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Better understand food

Our Harvard experts explain the latest studies on nutrition and diet.

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Healthy diets may reduce the risk of premature death

When eating a low-carbohydrate or low-fat diet, choosing healthy foods is key to reducing the risk of premature death, according to a study led by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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Protein, fat, or carbs?

Research finds that consuming more carbs, fat, or protein can promote good health as long as they are part of an overall sensible and varied diet.

Stephen Juraschek
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One egg is enough

Consuming up to one egg per day does not appear to be associated with cardiovascular disease risk.

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Food to grow old with

Research shows that older men who maintain healthier diets are 25% less likely to develop physical impairment with aging.

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The healthy planet diet

A webinar series takes a closer look at how to eat, in the broadest sense, sustainably.

Walter Willett
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Go greener

Our Office for Sustainability empowers everyone to be stewards of the future by translating research into practice.

Learn something new

Expand your knowledge and explore new topics with these videos and podcasts.

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‘Harvard Explains’

This ongoing video series aims to explain how everything works.

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How machine learning works

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