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Habit Series: Part #3

by | May 12, 2022 | Blog, Resources

We all want to believe that we’re in full control of our actions, but the truth is a little more complicated. Many of our actions are grounded in habits, and once those habits are formed, they can be hard to break.

So why are habits so engrained?

Neuroscience can explain it: when you form a habit, your brain releases dopamine, which makes you feel good. And when you feel good, of course you’ll want to repeat the action! The more the habit is repeated, the more rewards your brain gets. And the more rewards your brain gets, the harder it is to change course. That’s why habits are so hard to break.

Essentially, forming a habit is like training your brain to do something without thinking about it—and that means that breaking a habit is also something that needs to be trained. It won’t happen overnight, but with time and effort, you can retrain your brain to not rely on old habits.

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