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December 31, 2013 at 2:59 PM

The best headlines for 2014 from our readers

A new year’s fresh start inspires some hopefulness about the prospects for the Puget Sound region in 2014. Instead of resolutions, we asked readers for some 2014 wishes in the form of headlines they would like to see.

Below are headlines from readers who answered our call — nearly 300 headlines were sent in. Congratulations to Pete Sullivan from Seattle who offered what the editorial staff deemed the best reader headline. He will receive a Seattle Times coffee mug to sip from in 2014. Check out his and other readers’ submissions below.

Our editorial staff also came up with headlines. Perhaps these headlines might provide some inspiration for elected officials and policy leaders for their own New Year’s resolutions.

Boeing to build 777X in Wash. state

— John Mar, Sammamish

Mariners win AL West

— Richard E. Rian, Port Angeles

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December 31, 2013 at 6:00 AM

How to keep New Year’s resolutions: Tiny habits

You’re thinking about those New Year’s resolutions, right? In 2014 you’re going to shed those extra pounds! Get healthy. Sleep more. Be 100 percent debt-free.

How many have failed time and again to accomplish big, broad goals because of the rush to achieve results? Maybe they didn’t examine the process. Or form a realistic plan. My own tendency to attempt extreme changes is rarely sustainable beyond a few days, whether it’s getting up at 5 a.m. to work out or attempting a juice cleanse.

Maybe we need to stop being so hard on ourselves. Change things up by starting really small, says BJ Fogg, a social scientist and director of Stanford University’s Persuasive Tech Lab. Watch his TED Talk below on forming tiny habits to reach long-term goals:

According to a recent University of Scranton survey published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, about 45 percent of Americans make new year’s resolutions. Eight percent are successful; 49 percent report “infrequent” success; 24 percent report they’ve failed each year.

Below is a list of the study’s top resolutions for 2014. Look familiar?

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