Why Is It so Easy to Get Addicted to Things that Are Unhealthy but so Difficult to Get Hooked on Healthy Habits

The short answer is: those “unhealthy things” hack directly into our bodily reward system. Thus, we get an immediate reward (usually: pleasure) from doing them. We crave the pleasure, so the behavior gets reinforced. It easily becomes a habit. The long answer is more complicated. The reason why hacking directly into the reward system works […]

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How to Turn Anything into a Habit?

Anything? No can do. Not without some additional conditions. For example, if you want to make space trips a habit the only way to do it nowadays is to do those trips in your imagination. And it applies to zillion other activities. Some things are just flatly impossible (yet) or much harder than others. But […]

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Bible Lessons About How to Build Good Habits

The Bible is a spiritual scripture, so it’s not the greatest “how-to” manual. It has quite a lot to say about “why,” but it’s quite thin on how to. However, a diligent reader can read between the lines. And I already possessed a wide knowledge of habits, so it was easy for me to pick […]

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How many habits do successful people have?

Usually, a lot. Because this is how achieving success looks like: Success is a process and you need disciplines, made consistently overtime to get there. You may have just a few massive habits, you can have plenty of minuscule ones or a mix of both. However, people are wired for small habits. The stories of […]

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7 Best Free Resources for Developing Habits

While answering hundreds and hundreds of questions about habits on Quora I found myself referring to some free resources for developing good habits over and over again. They are free. They are effective. They are helpful. So, here I share them with you. 1. Tiny Habits course It’s free. It’s jam-packed with valuable knowledge about […]

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3 Roles of a Friend in Good Habits Formation

I can see at least three ways friends can support forming good habits right away. Probably, there are more. 1. Role Model. Human beings are mimicking machines. We mimic without thinking, unconsciously. So, if your friend has some good habits you are in a much better position to adopt similar habits. This is the one […]

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10 Simple Habits to Greatly Improve Your Social Skills

Those habits are simple indeed. However, they elevated my social skills from the level below zero to a point where people who meet me for the first time think I’m a social butterfly. I consider their biggest benefit that for half of them you actually don’t need cooperation from others at all. You can practice […]

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What Kind of Habits Can You Develop in 21 Days?

The only study I ever found on the time of developing a habit concluded it takes from 18 to 254 days and in 50% of cases, it’s longer than 66 days. So, developing a habit in 21 days is not an easy feat. Repetitions The research I mentioned was about daily habits. Participants were performing […]