Ever struggled to break a bad habit? Here’s a new, more positive approach worth considering!

Ever struggled to break a bad habit? Here’s a new, more positive approach worth considering!

We all have at least a few bad habits. 

And some of those bad habits impact on our health, happiness, relationships and … lives! 

Accordingly, to enjoy more happiness and wellbeing we need, sometimes, to break the bad habits; but breaking bad habits is really hard sometimes. Which is why this different, more positive approach is (in my opinion) more likely to succeed and more likely then, to help you enjoy more happiness and better life…

by Melissa Dahl

If you're trying to break a bad habit — don't. You're better off replacing an unwanted behavior with a better (or at least neutral) one than trying to teach yourself to stop doing something altogether, according to Art Markman, a University of Texas at Austin psychologist who studies how people learn. Markman spoke about his research with Scott Barry Kaufman, director of the Imagination Institute at UPenn's Positive Psychology Center, in a recent episode of "The Psychology Podcast," which Kaufman hosts.

Markman said:

Here’s the place where most people fail when they’re [trying to] change behaviors. They start by saying, I need to stop biting my nails. Now, the problem with that is that’s a negative goal. Why is that a problem? Because it’s something you don’t want to do. And the reason that that’s a problem is because your habit learning system is an active system. It wants to associate behaviors with the environment. If you say I don’t want to do something, then what you’re doing is focusing yourself on not acting…

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