Monday, October 29, 2012

Life & Style | Power of Habit

Do you have a bad habit that you want to change?

Then consider reading " Power of Habit" by Charles Duhigg.

According to the author, every habit consists of three elements. Cue, Routine and Reward.

Cue -acts as a trigger to start an activity. 

Routine-is the actual physical, mental or emotional action that follows. 

Reward-is the joy that you get at the end of your routine. 

Cue (Feeling stressed)
Routine (Eating a chocolate bar)
Reward (Instant happiness)

Over a certain period of time, this cue-routine-reward loop becomes more and more automatic. That is how a habit is born. 

When something becomes a habit, your brain stops monitoring it consciously.

In other words, your brain does it automatically and without thinking.

Habits are so powerful that they create neurological craving that can even override the common sense. 

That is why it is so hard to stop smoking or gambling. 

To replace a bad habit, you should keep the old cue and the old reward, but you need to change your routine.

In my case, I am a chocoholic. 

After reading the book, I am getting into the habit of eating more cupcakes instead of chocolate bars. 

I am telling you...this is as far as I am willing to go and let's just leave it at that.

Signing off until next Monday- Panteha



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