Creatures Of Habit

At the beginning of the year, many of us make resolutions for the months to come. We resolve to work out more, procrastinate less, or save more money. Though some people stick with these aspirations, many of us fall short. This week, psychologist Wendy Wood shares what researchers have found about how to build good habits — and break bad ones.

Additional Resources

Good Habits, Bad Habits: The Science Of Making Positive Changes That Stick by Wendy Wood, 2019.

Fresh Starts, Guilty Pleasures And Other Pro Tips For Sticking To Good Habits” by L.Carol Ritchie from NPR’s Life Kit, 2019.

The Pull Of The Past: When Do Habits Persist Despite Conflict With Motives” by David T. Neal, Wendy Wood, Mengju Wu, and David Kurlander in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 2011.


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