The Power of Habit

The Power of Habit

Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

Book - 2014
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OVER 60 WEEKS ON THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LIST

With a new Afterword by the author
 
In The Power of Habit, Pulitzer Prize-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential. At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, being more productive, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. As Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * NPR BESTSELLER * WASHINGTON POST BESTSELLER * LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLER * USA TODAY BESTSELLER * PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BESTSELLER
 
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
The Wall Street Journal * Financial Times
 
"Sharp, provocative, and useful." --Jim Collins
 
"Few [books] become essential manuals for business and living. The Power of Habit is an exception. Charles Duhigg not only explains how habits are formed but how to kick bad ones and hang on to the good." -- Financial Times
 
"A flat-out great read." --David Allen, bestselling author of Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
 
"You'll never look at yourself, your organization, or your world quite the same way." --Daniel H. Pink, bestselling author of Drive and A Whole New Mind
 
"Entertaining . . . enjoyable . . . fascinating . . . a serious look at the science of habit formation and change." -- The New York Times Book Review

"Cue: see cover. Routine: read book. Reward: fully comprehend the art of manipulation." -- Bloomberg Businessweek
 
"Absolutely fascinating." -- Wired

"A fresh examination of how routine behaviors take hold and whether they are susceptible to change . . . The stories that Duhigg has knitted together are all fascinating in their own right, but take on an added dimension when wedded to his examination of habits." -- Associated Press
 
"There's been a lot of research over the past several years about how our habits shape us, and this work is beautifully described in the new book The Power of Habit ." --David Brooks, The New York Times
 
"A first-rate book--based on an impressive mass of research, written in a lively style and providing just the right balance of intellectual seriousness with practical advice on how to break our bad habits." -- The Economist
 
"I have been spinning like a top since reading The Power of Habit, New York Times journalist Charles Duhigg's fascinating best-seller about how people, businesses and organizations develop the positive routines that make them productive--and happy." -- The Washington Post

Publisher: New York :, Random House Trade Paperbacks,, 2014
Edition: Random House Trade Paperback edition
ISBN: 9780812981605
081298160X
Call Number: 158.1 D882p 2014
Characteristics: xx, 383 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

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Duhigg's findings will likely cause readers to reflect on their own habits--both good and bad.

Duhigg's findings will likely cause readers to reflect on their own habits-both good and bad.

Duhigg's findings will likely cause readers to reflect on their own habits-both good and bad.

Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential.

A fascinating, accessible exploration of the science behind productivity.


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damjih
Jun 19, 2018

This genre of book (taking topics in science, economics, etc. and adding 200 pages of simplified case studies and then getting RAVE reviews) is all the same, a bit of interesting information, good research, and alot of unnecessary case studies and anecdotes. Many of these are shoehorned in and have only a mild connection to the topic. I needed to form a habit loop just to turn on the audiobook and listen to a chapter !

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alinanguyen
Jan 14, 2018

Very good book about habits: cue, routine, reward. It has stories about how different habits has affected people, how people succeeded in changing habits, etc. It's a very good book about being more self-aware and potential for growth as well as self-change.

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darcyhudjik
Dec 12, 2017

This is an awesome book that explains the cycle of a habit, which interesting case studies to go along with it. Strongly recommend it.

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kahuela
Jun 05, 2017

Good book, would recommend it to read to understand that we can manipulate and change out habits by understanding the way they work.

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bananbawabiji
Mar 16, 2017

Personally, I haven't read the book yet, but after taking a look at peoples' comments, I would like to read it. Those feedback are encouraging to read.

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sneha
Aug 16, 2016

This is not a self-help book, so if you are looking for that you may be disappointed, though it does make a helpful starting point for changing your own habits. This book provides an enjoyable look at how habits affect individual lives, corporations and organizations, even societies. Well researched with fascinating stories from many different areas, such as the marketing of a hit song, the transformation of a losing football team, Starbucks employee training, and the spread of a fire in the London Underground.

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Liblo
Jan 07, 2016

This is essentially a compilation of examples supporting the author's model of how habits are formed. There is virtually no information on techniques for changing habits. A breezy, entertaining read but not very instructive if you're looking for something to help you change.

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john_doh17
Oct 14, 2015

The book is a good starting point in thinking about habits. The basic pattern of cue-response-reward seems to be correct. Duhigg contends that the only way to change a habit (the golden rule of habit chapter 3) is if you replace it with another one. The habit itself may not be the problem though (the reward may be the real problem). He does point you in the right direction although you need to think for yourself about where your pattern might be a problem. I think there could also be a similar pattern cue-response-punishment that might make you averse to the pattern, but he doesn't get into that at all. He doesn't make any judgements about how others may exploit your habits or seek to create them in order to exploit you (febreeze and target being the main examples) so again you have to think for yourself. Good reporting doesn't judge, so take it at that level. Also read the notes section as it calls out that a lot of the narratives were embellished significantly-like "based on a true story" movies (especially the hospital story).

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jenny198036
Jun 13, 2015

Extremely informative and very helpful.

bolsen13 Apr 09, 2015

Overall this was quite an enjoyable book. It was certainly interesting and the examples used by the author were effective, though slightly odd. Even after reading the very small application section at the end I was left feeling as though I ultimately hadn't learned much. Very little "practical application" in my opinion.. though that might just be unique to my life. I enjoyed reading the book on the whole, and my only other complaint is the seemingly random cliff-hangers done mid-chapter, which were a lot more frustrating than they were intriguing. Solid read if you would like to learn more about habits, but don't expect it to change your life overnight.

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john_doh17
Oct 14, 2015

The book contends that basis of most of our actions are based off of this pattern. Cue-response-reward. When repeated enough these patterns are ingrained into us and become habits. The book contends in chapter 3 that we can't eliminate habits, only replace them. To do this you identify the cue, replace with a new action, and then are rewarded. For example if you have a cookie everyday at 3 PM, you instead go for a walk, you have replaced the bad habit. At the end of the book he explains how to change a habit. 1. Identify the routine 2. experiment with different rewards 3. Isolate the cue 4. Develop a plan to have alternatives somewhere in the path.

Common Cues are: location, time, emotional state, other people, immediately proceeding actions. Experiment (failures will provide feedback) until you change your habit.

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ALEXIS C SWEARINGEN Jan 18, 2015

"The behaviors that occur unthinkingly are evidence of our truest selves" -Aristotle

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