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Podcast with Prof. Wendy Wood

The 3 Easy Steps For Creating Good Habits – Podcast with Prof. Wendy Wood

Wendy Wood is a professor at the University of Southern California and visiting faculty at INSEAD Business School in France. Wendy has spent the last 30 years studying people’s habits and understanding how to change them, and her research has been featured in media publications all over the world and is the focus of her forthcoming book Good Habits, Bad Habits.

In this week’s episode, we explore what the latest research is finding out about how we can create and sustain good habits to support our wellbeing.

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You’ll Learn:

  • [02:38] – Wendy explains why creating good habits can be challenging for many of us.
  • [04:27] – Wendy shares what her research is finding about how we can develop good habits.
  • [06:22] – Wendy shares why her research has found that it doesn’t take 21 days to build a habit.
  • [08:40] – Wendy explains why thinking about the context for the habits we want to create is so important and offers some tips to make it easier to activate the habits we want to build.
  • [11:24] – Wendy explains the power of repetition when it comes to building the habits we most want.
  • [13:09] – Wendy outlines the role rewards play in creating our habits and what kind of rewards work best.
  • [16:13] – Wendy offers some tips for aligning our goals and our habits to make them easier to sustain.
  • [17:28] – Wendy explains the surprising finding in her research on the impact our habits have on our levels of self-control.
  • [19:47] – Wendy helps us understand how stacking or swapping habits can make it easier to create changes in our behavior.
  • [22:26] – Wendy offers some cautions and caveats for building good habits in ways that are good for you and others.
  • [24:29] – Wendy offers tips for breaking bad habits like constantly checking our mobile phones.
  • [27:20] – Wendy shares why she believes friction is important for our habits.
  • [28:24] – Wendy completes the Lightning Round.

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