Ros feels fitter than ever at 71. Julia has found happiness. We asked readers how they ditched their bad habits and formed good ones – here are their inspiring stories

New Year resolutions are made in the hope this year will be different, we’ll have a new start, ditch habits that have been holding us back and take up those that will lead to a happier, healthier life. All too often, though, they have been scuppered by 3 January. But not always. We asked readers about the resolutions they managed to keep in 2017.

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Mental health is a level of psychological well-being, or an absence of a mental disorder; it is the "psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment".