Summary of The Power of Habit

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The Power of Habit book summary
You can change your life by mastering your habits.


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Have you ever wondered why some people can adopt a healthier lifestyle or realize professional achievement, while others flail and fail? Journalist Charles Duhigg attributes this dichotomy to habit and explains that successful people have learned to control and change their habits. First, they had to understand that the three steps of the “habit loop” – “cue, routine and reward” – determine what individuals do without thinking. By analyzing how undesirable habits such as overeating, excess drinking or smoking operate in that loop by satiating cravings, people who want to change can control habits that may seem to control them. getAbstract recommends this fun, educational book to anyone who wants to embark on self-improvement. May the force of habit be with you.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How people’s habits influence their lives
  • How habits work
  • How people can change their bad habits


A Matter of Habit
A habit is an activity that a person deliberately decides to perform once and continues doing without focus, often frequently. Think about the complicated procedures you automatically employ to drive your car. Habits develop because the human brain is wired to seek ways...
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About the Author

Charles Duhigg is an investigative journalist for The New York Times. His previous works include Golden Opportunities, The Reckoning and Toxic Waters.

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    Grzegorz Lewinski 11 months ago
    Awesome book!
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    Dynamic Dylan 2 years ago
    Great summary of how to replace old habits at work with better ones. Concept of keystone habit is like the strategic driver to your future. Inspired by this book to change my own personal habits and cut out alcohol (reward-coming down from a stressful day) and replace with green tea (routine-so the stress all day is reduced-no need for alcohol). Quit alcohol completely and easily for more than a year. This book results on my own habits saved me enough $ so i could invest it into abstracts and more sober activities! This is a powerful book so you can create training activities around the habit loop- Cue Routine Reward. Enjoy.
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    MIROSLAVA RAMIREZ 2 years ago
    I have read this book and I think this is a useful thing to improve at work. All of us have habits and we have to understand the value of them, in order to create good ones. I hope you can have the chance to read the complete book.
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    James Colberg 3 years ago
    Is the review the abstract....if not how do I navigate to the abstract?
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    Khaled Sidali 3 years ago
    Hello Dears, How can I get the audio version mp3, here in getAbstract.
    thank you in advance.
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      Renee DeChirico 3 years ago
      Dear Khaled,

      Thank you for your email. Please be advised a response to your inquiry has been sent to your personal email address.

      Your getAbstract Team.
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    Jill Beavin 3 years ago
    I think this was a fabulous summary! Interesting and inspiring.
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    David Sproul 3 years ago
    The concept of managing habits is intriguing. The summary seemed a little disjointed and wasn't able to drive home the key points. I will read the full book to see how it drives behavior change.
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    Stuart Friedman 4 years ago
    there is no pdf file here for the book!
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    Alice Smith 4 years ago
    This was a very insightful read for individuals and organizations. The 3 stage habit loop - Cue, Habit, Reward - can be altered. There is hope, we can change!

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