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Good Habits, Bad Habits

The Science of Making Positive Changes That Stick
Narrated by: Wendy Wood
Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
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Summary

What if you could harness the extraordinary power of your unconscious mind, which already determines so much of what you do, to achieve your goals? 

Shockingly, we spend nearly half our day repeating things we've done in the past without thinking about them. How we respond to the people around us; the way we conduct ourselves in meetings; what we buy; when and how we exercise, eat and drink – a truly remarkable number of things we do every day, we do by habit.

And yet, whenever we want to change something about ourselves, we rely on willpower alone. We hope that our determination and intention will be enough to effect positive change. And that is why almost all of us fail.

Professor Wendy Wood is the world's foremost expert on habits. By drawing on three decades of original research, she explains the fascinating science of how we form habits and provides the key to unlocking our habitual mind in order to make the changes we seek.

Combining a potent mix of neuroscience, case studies and experiments conducted in her lab, Good Habits, Bad Habits is a comprehensive, accessible and highly practical book that will change the way you think about almost every aspect of your life. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Wendy Wood (P)2019 Macmillan Audio (US)

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"Wendy Wood is the world's foremost expert in the field, and this book is essential." (Angela Duckworth, best-selling author of Grit

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Cannot Recommend More!

Absolutely loved this book. My favourite behavioural science book I think ever. So many practical applications for creating real long term improvements to your life or others. Wendy Woods reading is also delightful to listen to.

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Hard to listen to

Useful knowledge but very hard to stay focused and interested doe to boring voice of the author.

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brilliant. really interesting and useful

the science of habits. very interesting from the science point of view and also useful if trying to persuade oneself to make some changes

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Habits finally demystified

I bought this book, finished it and then went back to the beginning again with a notebook and pen in hand this time. It is fascinating in its detail about the developing research into the neuroscience and pyschology of habits and their formation, It is interesting in terms of how personal habits are formed and how they can be changed or made. Most importantly, it is a compassionate work that puts to rest the "secular commandment" 'just do it' in its proper place, promoting as it does the myth will power is the ONLY way to change. It's not. The book explains that change is both simpler and obviously more complicated than that and what you need is persistence and understanding of the process of change and actually provides serious academic research to back up its claims.. I have recommended it to ALL of my friends and said "just buy it". It is money well spent.