The Power of Habit
by Charles Duhigg
A Pulitzer prize-winning journalist reveals the secrets of why you do what you do - and how to change. In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. With penetrating intelligence and an ability to distill vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives, Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation. Along the way we learn why some people and companies struggle to change, despite years of trying, while others seem to remake themselves overnight. We visit laboratories where neuroscientists explore how habits work and where, exactly, they reside in our brains. We discover how the right habits were crucial to the success of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, and civil-rights hero Martin Luther King, Jr. We go inside Procter & Gamble, Target superstores, Rick Warren's Saddleback Church, NFL locker rooms, and the nation's largest hospitals and see how implementing so-called keystone habits can earn billions and mean the difference between failure and success, life and death. At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. Habits aren't destiny. As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

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Emi PiEmi Pi wrote a review
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Leggere le conclusioni è più che sufficiente
PatrickPatrick wrote a review
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A framework for understanding how habits work and a guide to experimenting with how they might change. Change might not be fast, and it isn’t always easy. But with time and effort, almost any habit can be reshaped. The Framework: - Identify the routine - Experiment with rewards - Isolate the cue - Have a plan (p.276) - Experiments have shown that almost all habitual cues fit into one of five categories: - Location - Time - Emotional state - Other people - Immediately preceding action (p.283)
ChuninChunin wrote a review
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Andrea de GiorgioAndrea de Giorgio wrote a review
The Power of Habit – A book that explains how we can detect our habits in order to build better ones. All the theory is based on scientific research on several habit-based behaviors, such as smoking, drinking or simply as general routine, that has led to the same conclusions: Habits can be changed. I hope you have a lot of patience and the ability to compile lists, because it’s all based on identifying the cue that starts a certain habit and the reward that we get from it, then the “trick” consists of creating a new routine with a similar reward that is consciously performed when the cue manifests. It’s surely a powerful tool and it’s worth learning how to apply it, even though it probably won’t be that easy!
Alice W.Alice W. wrote a review
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More Than A Self-Help Book on Habits
The Power of Habit is a very fun book to read. Duhigg avoids heavy scientific jargon and uses many real life examples to demonstrate his points, making psychology and sociology research findings behind habit formation and habit change easier to understand and digest. What sets this book apart from other self-help book is the later sections which explore organizational and societal habits. This shows that human behaviours and thus organizations and society at large can all be modified by understanding how habits form, change, and influence other behaviours. Sometimes I feel that Duhigg dwells on the same concepts, repeatedly going over the same thing, really trying to drive the ideas home. It gets tedious sometimes, but this is rather a matter of personal taste, and I can see that some readers may absorb the key points more effectively this way. Overall, it's a practical, useful, and illuminating book on habits, at a personal, organizational, and social level.
JUNNIEJUNNIE wrote a review
習慣的力量有多大? 習慣如何形成,又如何改變? 習慣如何影響人,以致公司,以致社會? 本書立論清晰,文章簡潔流暢,例子多而且生動,趣命性強,必看之選!
Davide PerroneDavide Perrone wrote a review
It fulfill its objective to explain why we do what we do (our habits). Inspiring when it describe Olympic swimmer M. Phelps' daily life and his training for unexpected events. Once you've read it it is better to set new daily and life's goals and plan to change your habits. If you don't read it willing to change, better leave it on the shelf.
Janista LiuJanista Liu wrote a review
Random WalkRandom Walk wrote a review
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The main theme of the book is, of course, about habit. Every habits come with the same workflow: cue -> routine -> rewards Similar to what I learnt from NLP long time ago, we can adjust our bad habits by understanding what the cue and rewards are. The book continues to elaborate the stories behind the theory and suggestion how one can make use of them. This includes both personal habits and social habits. A very interesting book. Worth the time to read it! I would rate it 5-star but somehow the content is over-elaborated a bit. This is the only complaint :)
Account deletedAnonymous wrote a review
step. 0:相信自由意志能改變習慣 step. 1:loop = 提示、慣性行為、獎勵 step. 2:做實驗找出獎勵 step. 3:篩選提示(地點、時間、情緒狀態、其他人、緊接在前的行為) step. 4:定計畫(實作意圖)& 執行