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Understanding the science and psychology of how habits work

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Understanding the science and psychology of how habits work




How to break habits (from The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg)

Previous research has suggested that making healthy lifestyle changes may improve our health and potentially prevent cancer, stave off Alzheimer’s, lower blood pressure and improve mental health. But, as many of us can attest, adopting healthier habits can be a challenge.

To be more successful at making behavior changes, says New York Times reporter Charles Duhigg, you need to understand the science and psychology of how habits work. In this video, Duhigg discusses why habits can be so powerful and what it takes to make behavioral changes. Duhigg draws on a example from his own life, his afternoon cookie cravings, and in the process makes the task of breaking bad habits less daunting.

 

By Lia Steakley
Stanford University Medical Center

Via The Atlantic

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* Stanford University Medical Center integrates research, medical education and patient care at its three institutions – Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.

**  The above story is adapted from materials provided by Stanford University School of Medicine

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