I have actually made progress in breaking bad habits after reading The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business. As a bonus, I’ve gained insight into the many things I do that are habit-driven. Unfortunately, I’m also more quick to observe it in others. Thus, I’m trying to carefully refrain from practicing my new habit of pointing out others’ bad habits and their origins. As the old saying goes, we are “creatures of …”
There’s a useful video online to help you get started on breaking your bad habits armed with the wisdom of Charles Duhigg’s research: How to Break Habits
I wanted to stop my habit of grabbing unhealthy snacks and eating even when I wasn’t hungry. With the new insight I gained from reading Duhigg’s book, I was able to identify what cue was leading me to practice the bad habit, choose a suitable replacement food or beverage, and continue enjoying a reward brought on by satisfying the original cue! I can’t say that my new good habit is perfected but at least I have a new solution that works (when I actually practice it). I’m still just practicing. A friend of mine mentioned that it apparently takes 21 consecutive days for a new habit to become a bona fide lifestyle-changing routine.
The book is an easily read narrative without too much science so it’s accessible to a general audience. There are funny anecdotes that convince the reader of Duhigg’s sincere and personal investment in his project.
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