I’m reading this book my sister in-law recommended. It’s right up my street and very interesting. Book is called The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change (Adlink)
Like this for example:
“When people start habitually exercising, even as infrequently as once a week, they start changing other, unrelated patterns in their lives, often unknowingly. Typically, people who exercise start eating better and becoming more productive at work. They smoke less and show more patience with colleagues and family. They use their credit cards less frequently and say they feel less stressed. Its not completely clear why. But for many people, exercise is a keystone habit that triggers widespread change. Exercise spills over, said James Prochaska, a University of Rhode Island researcher. Theres something about it that makes other good habits easier.
Studies have documented that families who habitually eat dinner together seem to raise children with better homework skills, higher grades, greater emotional control, and more confidence. Making your bed every morning is correlated with better productivity, a greater sense of well-being, and stronger skills at sticking with a budget. Its not that a family meal or a tidy bed causes better grades or less frivolous spending. But somehow those initial shifts start chain reactions that help other good habits take hold.”
Duhigg, Charles (2012-04-05). The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change (Kindle Locations 1788-1797). Random House. Kindle Edition.
I was especially pleased to read this as I managed to do my exercises today, strength exercises. Well not all of them as Aiden demanded my boobs halfway through the last repetition. But almost. And we went for a walk as well today. Well done family Waddell! Habits changing, I can feel it.
Now I just need to start making the bed every morning…