Book Review: Making Habits, Breaking Habits

Original blog post written on the BookPal Blog. I personally prefer self-improvement books over books that teach you how to accomplish something in X amount of days. (i.e. How to shed 5 lbs in 10 days, Hot to be a millionaire by the time you’re 30, etc.)

I picked up “Making Habits, Breaking Habits” to find some inspiration to weed out the bad habits in my life. Jeremy Dean highlights how powerful habits are and how difficult it is to make or break them. It is a well-written book that can inspire anyone to begin a new journey towards self-improvement. This book is broken down into 3 sections in order to explain how habits work:

1. Anatomy of a Habit

2. Everyday Habits

3. Habit Change

I don’t remember the last time I read a book for fun. In high school I read what was assigned, but never got into reading for fun. I’m really excited that I have the time outside of work this summer to get back into it!

1. ANATOMY OF A HABIT

I have to admit that it took me a while to get through the first section of this book because it was a little dry. Dean explains that some of the things we do are intentional habits and others are unintentional. This section of the book breaks down psychological studies of the conscious and subconscious to understand the difference between what is a habit and what’s really unintentional. I originally came into college as a Psychology & Social Behavior major, so all of the psychological studies and facts in this section seemed a little familiar to me.

2. EVERYDAY HABITS

This section delves into the everyday habits that we perform. Though many of us don’t realize it, socializing, traveling, working, eating, shopping and even using the Internet are actually habits.  There are two types of habitual thinking: pessimistic and optimistic. Online habits are a lot more control in today’s society than any other habit. Dean explains why it’s so easy for people to dive into the Internet than to face the real world. Ultimately, what I got out of this section is that the situation or scenario we are in has a lot more control over our habits than we could even imagine. Definitely an interesting section.

3. HABIT CHANGE

This section is great for inspiration. In order to make or break a habit you need to stop and think about why it is you want to change. You need to set a realistic goal for yourself and think about what is possible for you to achieve. Dean explains that you need to be in the right state of mind:

1. Relax the body and mind.

2. Concentrate on something.

3. Be mindful.

You can definitely find inspiration in this book to improve your lifestyle. If you’re not sure where to start, check it out anyway, I guarantee you’ll learn at least one thing new from this book.

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