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Before and After: “I Get My Coffee in My Bedroom and I Don’t Go Downstairs Until I Am Done.”

I’m writing my next book, about how we make and break habts– an issue  very relevant to happiness. Each week, I’ll post a before-and-after story submitted by a reader, about how he or she successfully changed a habit. We can all learn from each other. If you’d like to share your story, contact me here. To hear when the book …


Do You Fall for Any of These 5 Common Mistakes about Habits?

Every Wednesday is List Day, or Tip Day, or Quiz Day. Today: some common misconceptions about habits. Just about all of us are interested in habits — whether because we want to change a habit of our own, or because we’d like to help someone else change a habit. But to change habits, it’s important to understand how habits work. …


The Penalty for a Bad Habit? The Bad Habit.

Assay: One of the things that strikes me most, in my study of habits, is the poetic justice of habits. As you may (or may not) remember from your high school English class, “poetic justice” is when a punishment fits the crime. In Dante’s vision of the Ninth Circle of Hell, a fiend punishes the sowers of discord and schism …


Video: For Habits, the Strategy of the Lightning Bolt.

I’m doing a video series in which I discuss the various strategies that we can use for habit-formation. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life, and a significant element of happiness. If we have habits that work for us, we’re much more likely to be happy, healthy, productive, and creative. My forthcoming book, Better Than Before, describes the multiple …


How the Strategy of Scheduling Helped Me Make a Habit.

In my study of habits, I’ve identified many strategies that we can use to make or break our habits. The Strategy of Scheduling, of setting a specific, regular time for an activity to recur, is one of the most familiar and powerful strategies of habit-formation—and it’s one of my personal favorites. For most people, and certainly for me, there’s a …