Philosophers and psychologists have long searched for the best method of dropping bad habits and setting up commendable habits in their place. New York Times writer Charles Duhigg has assembled what is known about habits and distilled them into an easy model in his book, The Power of Habit. A key element of the habit breakdown is the insight that while habits can be strong and hard to shake, they can also be fragile if approached from the right angle. Habits consist of a cue, a routine, and then a reward, yet the focus of most people concerning their habits is actually on the routine rather than the reward.
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