Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Breaking Bad Habits One by One

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Breaking Bad Habits One by One

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Byline: ANDREA HADDOCK

HAVE you noticed that bad habits are hard to break? Smoking, drinking too much alcohol, watching too much television, and eating too much fast-food - all of these can be regarded as bad habits. We often persist in behaviours that can have negative and sometimes life-threatening consequences, yet we continue to do them.

Let's take a moment to look at the definition of 'habit.' The Webster dictionary defines a 'habit' as "a customary behaviour pattern". A habit therefore is any action that we have performed so often that it becomes almost an involuntary response. Generally if we consider a habit to be 'undesirable' then we may label it a "bad habit".

Why are bad habits hard to break? If you think about it, habits are relatively simple to develop. For example, did you have to work hard at developing the habit of overeating or watching too much TV? Of course not. You just did it long enough, through repetition, until it became customary. …

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