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Creature Of Habit

Creature Of Habit

Habits are automatic, learned behaviours that provide a quick answer to life’s puzzles.

Without habits, you’d be paralysed by endless deliberation from the moment you woke each day – whether to shower then eat, or eat then shower, what to eat, what to wear, which route to take to work, or where to park.

Habits can also be comforting. If you follow the same routines each day, then you mostly know what to expect. A downside to habits is that not only are some of them obviously unhealthy, but having too many can hamper your creativity and deprive you of serendipity.

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Changing Habits

Changing Habits

If you want to change, bear in mind that habits tend to be triggered by cues in the environment – that cereal box in the kitchen, the café on the way to work. That’s why holidays are such a great antidote. Put yourself in novel situations and you’re forced to think afresh rather than rely on old habits.

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