Healthy habits and New Year resolutions are hard to stick to, especially when you are doing it on your own. A new study that was published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that people were more successful in changing their bad habits for good ones, start being active and getting healthy if their partner made a change as well.

The research looked at 3722 couples that were either married or living together. It found that men were more likely affected to quit smoking, get active or lose weight if their partner made the same behavioral changes.

“Making lifestyle changes can make a big difference to our health and cancer risk. And this study shows that when couples make those changes together they are more likely to succeed,” says Dr Julie Sharp, Cancer Research UK’s head of health information.

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