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How to actually form habits that stick?
1. Make things as easy as possible for yourself
2. Find a way to repeat your behaviours regularly for *at least* 2-3 months. Sometimes it takes more than a year to successfully form a habit.
3. Remember habits don’t necessarily form because of willpower
4. Look to how you can tweak your context to help you repeat the behaviour

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Neal DT, Wood W, Wu M, Kurlander D. (2011) The pull of the past: When do habits persist despite conflict with motives? Pers Soc Psychol Bull. 37:1428–1437. 10.1177/0146167211419863

Privitera GJ, Zuraikat FM. (2014) Proximity of foods in a competitive food environment influences consumption of a low calorie and a high calorie food. Appetite. May;76:175–9. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2014.02.004

Judah, Gaby & Gardner, Benjamin & Aunger, Robert. (2012). Forming a flossing habit: An exploratory study of the psychological determinants of habit formation. British journal of health psychology. 18. 10.1111/j.2044-8287.2012.02086.x.

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How to Form Habits That (Actually) Stick

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