Sunday Reading Ritual: Habits—and how to start one—to achieve a goal

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We are all creatures of habit. Some of our habits help us achieve lofty goals; others we’re constantly trying to ditch. What does science tell us about how to change stubborn habits—or how to start positive ones? Here are three engrossing reads about why habits exist and how they can be reshaped.


The Power of Habit
Charles Duhigg, Slate

How the history of toothpaste explains why you can’t lose weight.


The Simple Secret to Creating New Habits That Actually Stick
Joel Pavelski, GQ

The key to success is not to steel your resolve. It’s to promise yourself less.


Why Willpower is Overrated
Brian Resnick, Vox

Psychologists increasingly think that effortful restraint is not the key to the good life. So what is?


Now your Pocket is full of articles about habits and how to form them. Hopefully reading or listening to articles in Pocket is already one of your healthy habits. (If not, read above to learn about cues, routines, and rewards!)

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