Fascinating read! Struggled this winter to motivate after a highly stressful autumn. I knew mindset was a barrier and picked up this book to see if I could trick myself into getting back on track. Really appreciated the presentation of the ideas from micro (neuron level) to macro (behavior of a community level). I also liked that he started each progression with a real-life example and backed up the phenomenon with case studies and scientific excerpts -- it took subjective observations and translated them into objective methods that can be applied to meet your needs (though with some concerted effort). He then also provided an appendix with simple, clearly defined steps on how to identify and initiate behavior change. Despite my analytical interpretation, I think it would still be comprehensible to non-analytical readers. Shared this title with friends, family, mostly coworkers, coaches, etc....anyone who has a curiosity.
This is a GREAT book! It explains how habits are developed and why they're so hard to break, and asserts that somewhere around 40% of what we do every day is habit, and not choice.
After reading this, the first thing I decided to try his habit breaking (more accurately, "replacing") process on was my diet-- like many dieters, snacking at night is my big problem (habit). In the week since tweaking my nighttime routine, I've lost a pound a day, just because of how much less I'm compulsively snacking. I don't want to trivialize this book, because the concept is much bigger than dieting, but for me it was a great chance to put the theory into practice and I'm excited that it WORKS! I can't wait to try this process on other areas of my life.
Definitely would recommend this book to anyone who keeps hitting a wall, and wants to make some changes in their life, whatever changes those might be. You won't regret it.
I'm barely into this book but enjoying it immensely. It's along the lines of Dale Carnegie's and Malcolm Gladwell's most famous works, but not quite up to par as the research and detail of Gladwell. I'd say it's most similar to Carnegie's style, as the author prefers to illustrate points by telling narratives rather than stringing together research.
Overall an easy read with a beautifully designed cover, not at all dense or stuffy in terms of writing style in comparison to other non-fiction books. It's a nice balance of readability and scholarly content, with a bit more emphasis on readability.
A personal note: I got this as I entered my advertising career in my twenties, thinking it would be relevant to my field. But I'd say it's relevant for anyone looking to change their lifestyle or habits. It's even relevant for those seeking to understand or avoid addiction. Especially useful for young adults and those interested in how the brain works and understanding the human species.
This is more than just a book about why we do what we do, is it called action for our entire society to look within. Page after page as I absorb this incredible knowledge, I'm begin to also institute the cue- routine- reward framework in mind is coaching practice to see if incredible results with my clients. Not only has this book on the spot on the top of my list for referrals to clients and colleagues, but is also woven its way into the tapestry of my speaking and content creation as a wellness entrepreneur. This is more about how we live life from a heart centered place than the title ensues. I feel incredibly lucky to have come across this work as it has changed mindset about the art of living forever. Thank you for your incredible work Charles!
If you have ever wanted to exercise more or lose weight, Charles Duhigg tells you how to do that. I know that the book isn't marketed as a weight-loss tool, but it could be. I tell everyone to read this book. The insights in this book were so good and complex and I constantly reread it. I've honestly opened this book more than 50 times in the year or so since it came out. Charles Duhigg is an investigative genius and he finds very interesting real-world examples to illustrate what the research shows. Tying the idea of habits into his own life just made the book even stronger. When I read this book for the second time, I was so engrossed that I missed my subway stop and stayed on the train while it circled around to go in the opposite direction. That has never happened with any book (and I hope it won't happen again), but it speaks to the power of the enthralling information and the effective prose in this book. If you like Drive by Dan Pink, you'll like this book. If you understand the idea that humans are cognitive misers, you'll like this book.
Ok Ok... I am a little behind in my reading :)
This is a thought provoking book, compelling read, and brings a lot of things to light one just doesn't think about.
This is a must read for business people, parents, and anyone in a leadership position. I do not believe one person can not change the habits of others but to understand how habits are changed is a HUGE help.
A fascinating account on recent research into habit. For example, Duhigg describes a Duke University study that showed that more than 40% of our actions are not well-reasoned, conscious choices, but rather are under the control of habit.
The book, however, isn't intended as a how-to manual. It's true, as he states, that we can start a new good habit by using the habit loop: simply create a cue for the desired behavior and assign ourselves a reward for that behavior. In real life, however, the problem is that we often face strong *resistance* to performing the good habit.
Two exciting discoveries in psychology can help us overcome this resistance: The first technique is to commit ourselves to only a *tiny step* toward the desired behavior, which surprisingly often dissolves our resistance and leads us to spontaneously continue performing the positive action. Harvard instructor Tal Ben-Shahar, Ph.D., said that this approach is the single most important technique to emerge from research on procrastination.
The second technique is to track the "chain" or "streak" of days on which we complete the desired habit (or at least the tiny step toward that habit). Our reluctance to break the chain forms a second level of motivation to help us establish the habit.
To make the theories in "The Power of Habit" -- as well as these two addition techniques -- truly practical, I created a free iPhone app called "Mini Steps: End Procrastination, Build Good Habits" ( tinyurl.com/GoodHabitApp ). I think the app is the perfect companion to Duhigg's interesting book, and I'd love to get your feedback on it.
Charles Duhigg does an excellent job explaining a lot of fairly complicated, scientific information and research in very accessible terms. He talks about how our brains are wired to function on learned patterns of behavior. This leads to us behaving, sometimes, in ways that were learned but not considered or thought out. If we are interested in changing our behaviors (as people, as corporations, or even as a culture), it is absolutely necessary that we learn how they are formed and how we can work with our brains and not against them in adjusting behavior.