The most happiest of mornings to you! I’m continuing our fun little book review series with one of the most life-changer books I’ve read in a long time: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg.
Yup. This book is one of those life-changer books. I’ve been meaning to read it for a while now, and I so wish I could have read it sooner. Duhigg reviews research related to how habits form, good and bad, and how some individuals are able to change or break bad habits while others seem to be doomed to a lifetime of smoking, overeating, gambling, or what have you. It talks about how every habit has a cue, a routine, and a reward. Several types of habits are discussed and how they fit this cue/routine/reward model, from habits owned by individuals, such as smoking, to organization and corporate culture. There were also many surprises that I didn’t think of before, like how radio stations use habits to take a song and “make” the public like it. So sneaky.
Let’s be honest here. I wanted to read this book because I thought it would hold the secret to breaking some of my bad habits. And I think it does, I just have to, you know, apply them and stuff. It’s still work. But it was also a really entertaining read on the different studies Duhigg reviewed and the stories profiled from individuals who either made their lives better or worse by adopting new habits, good or bad.
I plan on using the tricks discussed in the cue/routine/reward model to try and break some of the bad habits I know I fall victim to, such as hitting the snooze button instead of hitting the gym in the morning, or resisting eating when I’m not really hungry. I’d say it’s one of the most valuable books I’ve read recently for accomplishing goals.
I rented this book from the library, but you can easily pick it up on Amazon if you’re curious and want to check it out.
Okay, time to go out and enjoy this beautiful Sunday. Better go plan for the Easter Bunny’s visit next week!