The dictionary defines a habit as “an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary.” This, of course, could be a “good” habit, like morning meditation, jogging or yoga, or it a can be a “bad” habit like smoking, overeating or gambling. The purpose of this course is to help you understand how habits work, both on a behavioral level and neurological level. Once you have a sense of how habits form and why they work the way they do, you’ll learn techniques to break bad habits and start healthy ones.
You may be surprised to learn that probably the hardest thing about starting or stopping any habit is moving from thinking about it to actually doing it for the first time! So often the thought of changing patterns in our lives is much harder than actually making the change itself.
By the end of this course, you will understand the following:
- Understand the neuroscience behind how habits work
- Understand how behaviors encourage or stop habits
- Learn how to break bad habits
- Learn how to build good habits that last
- Learn techniques to support your process
We know that different people like to learn in different ways. If you like to write notes as you work through a course, here’s a handy study guide (.PDF) for you, in printable or “fillable” form. Use the printable version if you would like to print out the study guide and write down your notes. Or, if you prefer to use a PDF reader, you can take notes on your favorite handheld device using the “fillable” version.