The Power of Habit

The Power of Habit

Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

Book - 2012
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A New York Times Bestseller and instant classic illuminating how we can change our lives by changing our habits.

Groundbreaking new research shows that by grabbing hold of the three-step "loop" all habits form in our brains--cue, routine, reward--we can change them, giving us the power to take control over our lives.

In The Power of Habit , award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg takes readers inside labs where brain scans record habits as they flourish and die; classrooms in which students learn to boost their willpower; and boardrooms where executives dream up products that tug on our deepest habitual urges. Full of compelling narratives that will appeal to fans of Michael Lewis, Jonah Lehrer, and Chip and Dan Heath, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: our most basic actions are not the product of well-considered decision making, but of habits we often do not realize exist. By harnessing this new science, we can transform our lives.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, c2012.
ISBN: 9780385669764
9780385669740
9781400069286
Branch Call Number: 158. 1 DUH
Characteristics: xx, 371 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.

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If you're making changes in your life, you'll want them to stick. Here's how to develop good habits that can carry you through.

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Guin_S Jul 08, 2015

Maybe your habits are holding you back. Charles Duhigg looks at habbits from a individual, group, and institutional perspective.

Want to make these resolutions stick? Read how to keep new habits going strong.


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kashif5985
Mar 03, 2021

Author did a good job of keeping user engaged. I found it to a be an interesting read as the stories/examples presented were narrated very well and kept my attention, and really emphasized the points he was making. The book also was eye-opening in the sense that it made me realize how many of the daily actions we perform are habitual and how those habits have been developed overtime. It was very encouraging to know that those habits can be changed if we are aware of them and take the time to analyze and work on them, however i don't think the author presented enough practical information on how we can achieve habit change. If there had been more focus on the HOW, i believe this would be a very powerful book. That said I will try to implement the suggestions in the book, and if they do work maybe a few months from now i will come back and give this 5 stars :)

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2011sam
Feb 17, 2021

The couple first pages were so boring but as I kept reading on it turned out to be so interesting.. liked it!!

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Pamela64024
Jan 12, 2021

Learned a lot about human behavior. Very very interesting read.

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2441gisele
Oct 01, 2020

not as great as its reputation.
the book is what it says on the cover"THE POWER" OF HABIT.
the author didn't promise you to show how the habit can be changed.

the fact is, yes, we can talk all we want about HABIT.
how to change it, it is a science still under development.
in this book, it does show one approach-replace old habit with new habit.

and the book is heavy on industry scale habit formation like how we started to brush teeth so much and so on...

the point in this book is told in slow and detailed way.
yes, it can certainly show how powerful is your habit, but if your wish is to know HOW to .. THIS IS NOT AS GOOD AS IT SOUNDS.

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Boych2018
Jul 22, 2020

Well written book on habits - and how they can be positively controlled.

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mkestelman
Mar 22, 2020

Michele Romanoff!!

VaughanPLJaniceA Mar 04, 2020

I love the lessons that taught in this book:
1. Cue, routine, rewards.
2. Change routine, by substituting bad with good.
3. Not easy to change, one needs determination and willpower to change it. (But willpower is not unlimited resources; the book teaches us methods that can help us, e.g. break into “small wins”, plan ahead, join social group / find a friend)
4. Believe we can do it!

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Clark_tonia
Feb 25, 2020

Interesting book on how we learn habits.

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Cleofurball
Dec 04, 2019

A book that is more than how to create habits or how to break them. It is why we do the same thing over and over. It will help you evaluate your habits.

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oktexchic
Aug 10, 2019

This is a VERY enjoyable listen. Don't seem to ever wander off mentally. I had just implemented a successful change in a habit & when I heard him talk about this I knew he was right on. I haven't finished yet but always look forward to hearing more.

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ArapahoeMaryA Mar 13, 2019

Habits can be changed, if we understand how they work.

Habits, scientists say, emerge because the brain is constantly looking for ways to save effort.

When a habit emerges, the brain stops fully participating in decision making. It stops working so hard, or diverts focus to other tasks. So... unless you find new routines—the pattern will unfold automatically.

This explains why habits are so powerful: They create neurological cravings. Most of the time, these cravings emerge so gradually that we’re not really aware they exist, so we’re often blind to their influence. But as we associate cues with certain rewards, a subconscious craving emerges in our brains that starts the habit loop spinning.

That’s why signing kids up for piano lessons or sports is so important. It has nothing to do with creating a good musician or a five-year-old soccer star. When you learn to force yourself to practice for an hour or run fifteen laps, you start building self-regulatory strength.

ALEXIS C SWEARINGEN Jan 18, 2015

"The behaviors that occur unthinkingly are evidence of our truest selves" -Aristotle

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john_doh17
Oct 14, 2015

The book contends that basis of most of our actions are based off of this pattern. Cue-response-reward. When repeated enough these patterns are ingrained into us and become habits. The book contends in chapter 3 that we can't eliminate habits, only replace them. To do this you identify the cue, replace with a new action, and then are rewarded. For example if you have a cookie everyday at 3 PM, you instead go for a walk, you have replaced the bad habit. At the end of the book he explains how to change a habit. 1. Identify the routine 2. experiment with different rewards 3. Isolate the cue 4. Develop a plan to have alternatives somewhere in the path.

Common Cues are: location, time, emotional state, other people, immediately proceeding actions. Experiment (failures will provide feedback) until you change your habit.

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