How Your Habits Show and Shape Your Heart

David Mathis | March 15, 2016

The word “habit” can have such a negative feel. It can bring to mind smoking, alcoholism, or drug addition. Or something simply unappealing and annoying, like nail-biting, lip-smacking, or loud public itching of dry skin. Habits can be nasty little things.

They can also save your life. Like the habit of looking both ways before crossing the street. Or putting on your seatbelt, and pressing the brakes when the light ahead turns yellow. Or the habit of making a beeline for the Bible first thing in the morning.

Habits make Stephen Curry the NBA’s best shooter, Mike Trout baseball’s best hitter, and Jordan Spieth the world’s most promising young golfer. Habits keep a NASCAR driver from losing control and going airborne when he’s nudged going into Turn 3 at Daytona. And organizational habits make Fortune 500 companies excel beyond their competitors.

Science of Habit

While the human brain remains the final frontier of medical science, today’s cutting-edge research continues to put some of the enigmatic pieces together related to our habits. Bestselling books like Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit and Gretchen Rubin’s Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives now are popularizing this new science and helping us…

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