Book Recommendation: “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg

Our lives are made of our habits. The health of our bodies is largely driven by our habits, as is the health of our relationships and our own inner/spiritual life.

“The Power of Habit” isn’t a Christian book. It’s a book about the science of forming and changing habits. There are some surprising insights into how and why we form and maintain habits. For instance, people with no short term memory can form new habits.

This isn’t a “book review.” There are good reviews out there about this book. It’s a recommendation. This book is an easy and informative read. Some of the ideas presented in “The Power of Habit” may really help you do whatever it is you wish you were doing but aren’t.

I’ve found this book helpful to me personally (primarily) and also for my work as a pastor. I feel like I’ve developed some pretty good habits for exercising and eating based on this book (and one other, which I will post about soon). BTW – This book doesn’t talk about exercising and eating. I’ve found the principles and actionable suggestions helpful for these two habits I wanted to develop. If your life is largely your habits, what habits do you want to develop?

It’s worth checking out. You might find it helpful like I did.

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business  (ISBN-10: 081298160X)

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  • I used to need to have a race scheduled to stay motivated to exercise. Now I don't even participate in any races.

  • One story in the book is of a lady who committed to one goal and it changed her whole life. What they have discovered is that committing to one goal seems to overflow into other parts of your life, increasing your discipline and ability to make the decisions and set priorities in other parts of your life with greater success.

    You, by the way, are an exercise animal. I don't know how you find the time. Are you retired? 🙂

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