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A simple way to break a bad habit

Trigger, action, reward is one of the strongest and oldest behaviors programmed into our brain. Author teaches people to use mindfulness and curiosity to resist the trigger and action (helping people to stop smoking). Teaches people to step outside of themselves to think about the trigger and actual taste of the cigarette.

Authors: Judson Brewer
Source: TED
Published: November 2015
Tags: TED, TEDMED, habits, mindfulness
Rating: 4/5

Not a great talk, but it is short and has a helpful hint, which is understanding the trigger, action, reward sequence and how to break out of it. Being mindful and curious (and thinking about the trigger and action from a cold impersonal perspective)...[more]

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WHY Habits form & HOW to build them

practice makes perfect thanks to myelin. Willpower is a muscle that can get tired, but once trained, can help you improve in other areas. Use triggers to perform your habits.

Source: What I've Learned
Published: 12/11/2016
Tags: habits, willpower, triggers
Rating: 5/5

Myelin is a fatty substance around the axons which helps signals travel faster down the axon. With no myelin, the signal speed is about 2mph, with lots of myelin, it can be 200mph. Practice builds up the myelin.
Willpower is like a muscle that can get tired. That is why we should do the hard stuff in the morning. Also, as you improve...[more]

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Start a new (good) habit, kill an old (bad) one

Lots of good points in here and 3 book references. Most useful points for me are to replace a bad habit with a good one, beware of triggers and have a plan in place to deal with them, and set goals using SMART.

Authors: David G. Allan
Source: CNN: The Wisdom Project
Published: 01/05/2018
Tags: self improvement, habits, goals, life hacks
Rating: 5/5

40% of our daily actions are due to habits. Since we have limited self control and willpower, it is better to make something a habit that we don't have to think about or will ourselves into doing. Best way to break a bad habit is to replace it with a good one (healthy snack...[more]