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How to Start Good Habits and (Actually) Stick to Them, According to Stanford Psychologists

B. J. Fogg
“It’s much easier and it’s much more reliable to start habits that are small and get them firmly rooted in the ground by feeling successful”

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How to Start Good Habits and (Actually) Stick to Them, According to Stanford Psychologists

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B. J. Fogg

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“It’s much easier and it’s much more reliable to start habits that are small and get them firmly rooted in the ground by feeling successful”

Starting good habits and sticking to them

  1. Harness the dopamine effect: identify the desired outcome. Mentally walking yourself through the process of success and the joys and benefits it brings can teach your brain to be motivated by something other than dread.
  2. Start with baby-steps: identify the “tiny habits”  behaviors — we should start with small actions that we can celebrate.
  3. Use triggers: these new habits follow other routines that are already ingrained into your daily life(triggers), so every time you complete this already existing behavior, there will be a trigger, or an automatic reminder, in your brain to do the new one.
  4. Let it snowball.

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