I’ve Got to Habit

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I’ve Got to Habit Overcoming bad habits or creating new ones is easier than one might think. Quality of life can be compromised by behaviors such as procrastination and reluctance to change. There are people who believe they are set in their ways or who resist change by denying there is any need for it. Those are simply cop-outs. Habits are broken by the same method they are created. When individuals begin tackling a few stubborn habits and creating a few more desirable habits, life can become more enjoyable and worthwhile. It is important to distinguish behaviors from habits and habits from addictions. As defined in the New Oxford American Dictionary, behaviors pertain to the way in which one acts or behaves. When a behavior is repeated continually until it has become almost involuntary it becomes a habit. Lastly, addiction is the state of being enslaved by a habit, such as drugs or alcohol. Unlike addiction, making or breaking a habit can be done with a little will power. Creating a habit is learning a new behavior and exercising this behavior until it becomes a natural part of daily habits. Having my first cup of coffee to start my day or winding down at the end of the day are just a couple of my own personal habits for example. A habit is nothing more than a learned behavior and it has been hypothesized that behaviors can be unlearned or relearned in the same way they are formed. There are good habits, such as exercising for optimum health, and bad habits, such as biting one’s fingernails. For most individuals identifying their habits is quite simple, the problem begins when attempting to make changes. Procrastination is one of the world’s worst culprits in hindering change. Sometimes a procrastinator will create the mos... ... middle of paper ... ... smaller ones. Experiencing change became my norm and it has enhanced my life again and again. I feel I must, yes, I’ve got to habit! Works Cited Danner, U., Aarts, H., Papies, E., de Vries, N., "The British Psychological Society." British Journal of Health Psychology (2010): 189. DCCCDLibSearch. Web. 8 Feb. 2012. . McDonald, T. "Breaking Habits Can Lead to a More Satisfying and Healthy Life." Editorial. Changing Habits Can Change Your Life. Diabetes-Guide.org, 2011. Web. 8 Feb. 2012. . Rusk, Tom, M.D., and Randy Read, M.D. "Taking Inventory." I Want To Change But I Don't Know How! Newly Rev. Ed. 1978. Los Angeles: Publishers, Inc., 1986. 47-57. Print.
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