Figuring out how to change habits is something us optimists call “challenging,” which means that it’s both super hard and super rewarding. Honest truth? Most of us can use all the help we can get. Fortunately enough, there’s a ton of insightful, kickass research out there not only about how to change habits but how to break and build them too.
How to Change Habits Using 23 Research-Based Tips
We put together this go-to for habit change so you don’t have to search the ethers of the internet to find the best ways to your best self. Without further ado, here are 23 science-backed ways to change habits.
What are Daily Habits and 4 Ways to Build Better Ones
Before you can work on changing your habits, it helps to know what they are. We dig into some expert-backed definitions and then give you four easy ways to create new habits. You know, the ones you actually want.
3 Habits of Happy People You Should Borrow
Some habits are about more than just getting through your day—they actually add to your happiness. Here are three habits that most happy people have in common. You could be one of them.
5 Ways to Create Fitness Habits That Actually Stick
Getting (and staying) active tops most of our lists of healthy habits to form ASAP. We break down five easy ways to make moving more manageable, according to research.
Change Your Habits in 3 Simple, Science-Backed Steps
Cut through the habit-change confusion with this simple, three-step approach to making the habits you want the habits you have. Bonus? The Stanford psychologist behind the method made a free online program to guide you through. All you have to do is sign-up.
4 Steps to Breaking Bad Habits, According to Research
Maybe you’re looking to bust a bad habit before you get into building a new one. Follow these four steps from habit-change guru Charles Duhigg to break the cycle for real.
4 Ways to Transform Your Habits by Tweaking Your Environment
Being strategic about your surroundings can make habit change a breeze. Okay, maybe not a breeze, but at least a little easier. Here are four research-backed ways to set-up your space to support your new habits.
Your turn: Trying to figure out how to change habits? What’s your best method for busting a habit you hate and building one you love? Share in the comments below.
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Author: Chelsey Taylor
Chelsey likes words, especially adjectives, and has been perfecting her perfectionism since infancy. She’s an endorphin-gatherer, top-knot connoisseur, and content manager at Panda Planner.