The Power of Habit

I loved this book.  It helps with understanding how habits work, how they emerge, the neurology of habit, and looks at research studies examples and habits of societies.  The theme circles around and show that–Habits Can Be Changed.  Habits actually change the brain.  Habits are the “rote” allowing the brain not to think–power down–meaning you do them unaware you do them, and in not recognizing or understanding why you do them no conscious thought-out decision or intention is made.  You’re on autopilot.


The Power of Habit

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life And Business by Charles Duhigg.


With a new Afterword by the author
In The Power of Habit, Pulitzer Prize–winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential. At its core, The Power of Habit contain’s an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, being more productive, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. As Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.


This book is a very enjoyable read, not monotonous at all or overly technical.  The end of Chapter 1 had me crying, lol.  A self-help book actually affected my emotions like a fictional story might.  WOW.

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  • That’s a powerful statement to say a non-fiction book had you crying. That makes me want to read it!

  • My habit? Writing. And reading. Sometimes I find myself reading the nutritional labels on food products at the grocery store. I know, I need help.

    Stephen Tremp

    • LOL I’m girl. We taught to read food labels and be aware of what we eat, so not so strange to me. The books focus on how the brain functions and processes habit too which I found highly interesting

  • The only habit I care about is getting up and writing every day. I’m not sure if I have any others. 🙂

    Anna from elements of emaginette

    • You do. We all do. 50% of function life is through habit and it is highly interesting how the brain works. They can actually measure and it has been scientifically proven. The cool part is becoming aware and learning how to create positive habits that improve your life.

  • Arlee Bird

    I enjoy reading books about the mental processes and how we tick in the head. I’m definitely a creature of habit and terribly prone to falling into bad habit modes. But I can also break habits relatively easily when I set my mind to doing so.

    As to animal habits, I’m convinced that they do have habits, or fall into routines. I used to like watching my dog and her dog friends and it seemed that every day they did the same things. On the other hand, maybe they were merely taking advantage of the habits of the humans around them and knew when certain things would happen. I never really figured it out, but it was fascinating to observe and contemplate.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  • I”ve heard of this book but I’m not sure if I’ve read it. Sounds like a good one!

  • I daresay animals don’t have habits. They do have instincts, but not the same thing. Well, I suppose sometimes it is.

    • Actually they do because animals learn by repeated behavior and are guided by their instincts as well. The part of the brain that does habit is not in memory area which is the hippocampus or frontal lobe. Studies have shown people who are affect by the inability to remember can still learn through habit. You learn that in the first chapter. I really enjoyed this book.

      • Loni Townsend

        You know, I’d have to agree about animals having habits. My dogs want to go outside at 3AM every morning. No instinct there, just “Woof! Woof! Woof, human, can you not hear I want to go outside?” 🙂

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