Charles Duhigg ON: How to Hack Your Brain to Change Any Habit Effortlessly & the Secret to Making Better Decisions

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Jay Shetty sits down with Charles Duhigg to talk about forming habits, how to think more deeply, and our overall well-being. Habits are deeply ingrained in us, we do them unconsciously and automatically. This is why many people find it difficult to drop negative habits and form positive ones. It is difficult and would often require strong willpower and clear motivation. Yes, it’s difficult but never impossible.

Charles Duhigg, journalist, a New York times bestselling author. He wrote the Power of Habit and Smarter, Faster, Better, which talk about productivity habits, and the science behind it. He joined the New York Times as a staff writer in 2006 and was part of the team that won the 2013 Pulitzer prize in explanatory journalism for the iEconomy, a series that examines the global economy through the lens of Apple. 

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What We Discuss:

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 02:37 Interest in human behavior
  • 05:14 Judgment, guilt, and criticism
  • 10:08 The golden rule of habit change
  • 16:51 Developing habits often need external reward
  • 20:13 We retain negative memory stronger than the positive ones
  • 25:17 What are implementation intentions?
  • 28:03 How to make it easier to take the first step?
  • 35:25 Slow down and make deliberate choices
  • 43:38 When does being productive become a bad thing?
  • 48:40 Why a sense of well-being is more meaningful
  • 56:28 What matters is what we do on average everyday
  • 01:00:28 How to make To-Do lists work
  • 01:07:25 Allow yourself to think more deeply
  • 01:10:06 Charles on Final Five

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