The Power Of Habit by Charles Duhigg

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...“The Power of Habit” is an enjoyable book, and readers will find useful advice about how to change at least some of their bad habits...
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OVER 60 WEEKS ON THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LIST

With a new Afterword by the author
 
In The Power of Habit, Pulitzer Prize–winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential. At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, being more productive, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. As Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

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“Sharp, provocative, and useful.”—Jim Collins
 
“Few [books] become essential manuals for business and living. The Power of Habit is an exception. Charles Duhigg not only explains how habits are formed but how to kick bad ones and hang on to the good.”—Financial Times
 
“A flat-out great read.”—David Allen, bestselling author of Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
 
“You’ll never look at yourself, your organization, or your world quite the same way.”—Daniel H. Pink, bestselling author of Drive and A Whole New Mind
 
“Entertaining . . . enjoyable . . . fascinating . . . a serious look at the science of habit formation and change.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Cue: see cover. Routine: read book. Reward: fully comprehend the art of manipulation.”—Bloomberg Businessweek
 
“Absolutely fascinating.”—Wired

“A fresh examination of how routine behaviors take hold and whether they are susceptible to change . . . The stories that Duhigg has knitted together are all fascinating in their own right, but take on an added dimension when wedded to his examination of habits.”— Associated Press
 
“There’s been a lot of research over the past several years about how our habits shape us, and this work is beautifully described in the new book The Power of Habit.”—David Brooks, The New York Times
 
“A first-rate book—based on an impressive mass of research, written in a lively style and providing just the right balance of intellectual seriousness with practical advice on how to break our bad habits.”—The Economist
 
“I have been spinning like a top since reading The Power of Habit, New York Times journalist Charles Duhigg’s fascinating best-seller about how people, businesses and organizations develop the positive routines that make them productive—and happy.”—The Washington Post




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About Charles Duhigg

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Charles Duhigg is an investigative reporter for The New York Times. He is a winner of the National Academies of Sciences, National Journalism, and George Polk awards, and was part of a team of finalists for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize. He is a frequent contributor to This American Life, NPR, PBS NewsHour, and Frontline. A graduate of Harvard Business School and Yale College, he lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two kids.
 
Published February 28, 2012 by Random House. 416 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Self Help, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Romance, Parenting & Relationships, Literature & Fiction, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for The Power Of Habit
All: 49 | Positive: 39 | Negative: 10

Kirkus

Excellent
Dec 15 2011

Even with such varied exemplars, the skilled narrative remains accessible.

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NY Times

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Reviewed by Timothy D. Wilson on Mar 09 2012

...“The Power of Habit” is an enjoyable book, and readers will find useful advice about how to change at least some of their bad habits...

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Blog Critics

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Reviewed by Dr Joseph S Maresca on Jul 01 2013

The presentation is easy to read and the contents are written well. This book will appear to a large constituency in academe, government and in private industry.

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Examiner

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Reviewed by Richard Weaver on Apr 08 2012

It is one of the most thought provoking business books ever written...Charles Duhigg does a great job of sharing how this power contributes to business success and failure.

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Dear Author

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Reviewed by Jane on Sep 30 2012

...I thought this book provided some amazing insight on how good habits or bad habits can be created, refined, and extended.

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LA Times

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Reviewed by Thomas Maugh on Apr 09 2012

Duhigg sometimes oversimplifies his explanations and some examples, such as the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955, seem to strain credibility a bit.

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The Economist

Excellent
Apr 07 2012

Minor gripes aside, this is a first-rate book—based on an impressive mass of research, written in a lively style and providing just the right balance of intellectual seriousness with practical advice on how to break our bad habits.

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The Seattle Times

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Reviewed by Melissa Allison on Apr 08 2012

...overall, "The Power of Habit" — whose 371 pages include 60 pages of notes — makes a compelling case about a pervasive but little-known aspect of how we operate as humans, businesses and societies.

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Oregon Live

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Reviewed by The Oregonian on Mar 10 2012

"The Power of Habit" is chock-full of interesting and arresting information...Duhigg includes practical advice as well.

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Seattle PI

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Reviewed by Dr Joseph S Maresca on Jun 30 2013

The Power of Habit is an important book which guides people and organizations through the difficult process of accomplishing change when the need to do so is agreed upon. The presentation is easy to read and the contents are written well.

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We Love This Book

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Reviewed by David Stuart on Jun 04 2014

Most readers will have habits they would like to change and Duhigg conveniently finishes with a guide summarising how to apply the ideas in the book; readers who don’t think they have any bad habits that need changing should nonetheless be interested in how organizations will try to manipulate them into changing some of their behaviours.

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Business Week

Excellent
Reviewed by Michael Rosenwald on Mar 15 2012

Duhigg misses an opportunity for a deep discussion of the obvious converse of the Pepsodent experiment: brands that profit by encouraging self-destructive habits like drinking, smoking, or gambling.

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The Seattle Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Melissa Allison on Apr 08 2012

But overall, "The Power of Habit". . . makes a compelling case about a pervasive but little-known aspect of how we operate as humans, businesses and societies.

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Chicago Tribune

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Reviewed by Thomas H. Maugh II on Apr 09 2012

Duhigg sometimes oversimplifies his explanations and some examples, such as the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955, seem to strain credibility a bit. But by and large, the anecdotes are entertaining...

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Seeking Alpha

Excellent
Reviewed by Michael Boyer on May 14 2012

Another profound lesson from the Power of Habit is that habits are malleable.

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CNN Money

Excellent
Reviewed by Allan Sloan on Mar 16 2012

On the whole, the book is a good and educational read, which is what matters.

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Small Business Trends

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Reviewed by Ivana Taylor on Mar 02 2013

Overall, you’ll find The Power of Habit an enjoyable read. You may also pick up some useful habit changing skills that can benefit your business and your life.

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Ford Literary Blog

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Reviewed by Meg Trauner on Jun 04 2014

The Power of Habit is an engrossing book. Author Duhigg weaves stories of people, companies and brands with studies of brain science to produce a work that is highly recommended for readers who want to transform their lives by making simple modifications.

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Lehigh Valley Live

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Reviewed by Associated Press on Mar 05 2012

The stories that Duhigg has knitted together are all fascinating in their own right, but take on an added dimension when wedded to his examination of habits.

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Inside Higher Ed

Excellent
Reviewed by Joshua Kim on Jan 17 2013

I think that everyone will greatly enjoy reading The Power of Habit, as Dugigg combines the storyteller's gift and a the command of the academic literature essential for effective popular nonfiction.

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The Christian Century

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Reviewed by Harold K. Bush on Mar 25 2013

Duhigg’s book explains how and why such practices become hardwired into our brains. Although Duhigg’s title focuses on “life and business,” The Power of Habit also provides intriguing possibilities for those sowing the fields of the spirit.

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Inc.

Excellent
Reviewed by Leigh Buchanan on Feb 28 2012

Duhigg interviewed more than 300 scientists and executives and consulted many academic studies.

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Schaumburg Township District Library

Excellent
Mar 20 2012

At its core, The Power of Habit contains a exhilarating argument. . .

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CBS News

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Reviewed by LARRY SWEDROE on Sep 02 2013

Charles Duhigg's "The Power of Habit" accomplishes what few books are able to do: educate...while being entertaining...It's thoroughly enjoyable and provided many "ah ha" moments.

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Outlook India

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Reviewed by S.B. EASWARAN on May 21 2012

It’s almost as if the book started out by promising only the first half of its subtitle (Why we do what we do...) and was re-engineered around the more saleable second (...and how to change)...Read it for the stories and the story-telling.

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Inside Business

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Reviewed by Terri Schlichenmeyer on Apr 06 2012

If you're looking to change the way things are done and habits are made, this book is what you need. "The Power of Habit" is no nail-biter, but it's got advice you can count on.

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Positive Psychology News Daily

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Reviewed by Lisa Sansom on Mar 19 2012

I found this to be a very thought-provoking book and an excellent read. It draws on research, weaving in an easily-digestible series of stories, much in the vein of Malcolm Gladwell or Freakonomics.

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The Why Files

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Reviewed by David Tenenbaum on Apr 13 2012

There’s just a small flaw. It’s not a book about habits so much as an exploration of learning, motivation, relationship and social customs.

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EzineArticles

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Reviewed by Roberto Sedycias on Jun 16 2012

No, it is not easy and there will likely be resistance, but the changes, as Duhigg points out, work. And, if it works, the changes need to be implemented, given the economic conditions we are facing.

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Luxury Reading

Excellent
Reviewed by Poppy Johnson on Mar 21 2012

This book would be valuable to anyone interested in leadership at an organization, in marketing a new product to the masses, attempting or initiating a weight loss program or anyone interested in developing a new habit.

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First Friday Book Synopsis

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Reviewed by Randy Mayeux on Mar 21 2014

This is a terrific book to help you talk about a bunch of issues: work ethic; organizational culture; alignment… the list is long. I recommend it strongly for a session with your executive team for your organization.

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First Friday Book Synopsis

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Reviewed by Bob Morris on Apr 21 2012

This is not an easy book to describe because Charles Duhigg offers such a wealth of information in so many different areas.

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Blogging for a Good Book

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Reviewed by Mindy on Aug 23 2012

The book is an easily read narrative without too much science so it’s accessible to a general audience. There are funny anecdotes that convince the reader of Duhigg’s sincere and personal investment in his project.

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Books: A True Story

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Reviewed by Jessica on Feb 17 2014

I flew right through this book. It is truly fascinating how our brain works. Our brain is literally designed to make everything it can a habit to save energy and resources. Once you figure out how it works you can “program” your brain to do anything without even thinking about it.

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The Bluestocking Society

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Reviewed by Jessica on May 07 2012

. . .it felt a little disjointed at times, in that some of the stories and case studies had a somewhat tenuous link to habits.

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The Book Lady's Blog

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Reviewed by Rebecca Schinsky on Apr 05 2012

If you like your nonfiction with a side of “does this have practical applications?” you don’t want to miss The Power of Habit.

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The Oddness of Moving Things Blog

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Reviewed by Geoff W on Jan 24 2014

...I think EVERYONE needs to read this book. I will more than likely buy copies to give to friends and I’ve already recommended people to read it.

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Cozy Librarian

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Reviewed by Cozy Librarian on Jan 01 2012

It’s the stories, mini case-studies really, that make The Power of Habit a great read. Those alone are worth the price of the book...

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Reviewed by Arlene Somerton Smith on Mar 05 2014

At times I found myself wondering while reading Duhigg’s stories: “What does this have to do with habit again?” But even when I was wondering that, I was absorbed in the material. It’s darned interesting.

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bigWOWO

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Reviewed by bigWOWO on Dec 10 2012

There’s a lot in this book for everyone. When I read it, I read it as an instruction book for activism, child-rearing, personal success, marketing, business practices, sports training, and leadership. I thought it was relevant to our discussions on bigWOWO about cultures, cultural pathologies, and cultural advantages.

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Bay State Reader's Advisory

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Reviewed by LAURIE CAVANAUGH on Jan 08 2013

I was hoping for an Oliver Sacks-type of entertainingly academic book, but the case studies in The Power of Habit aren’t way-out, unbelievable, or unsolvable; they’re actually the basis for what neuroscientists believe we know about habit, so while interesting, they seem more usual than unusual.

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The Book Garden

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on Aug 05 2012

As much as the narrative swept me along and the deliberations proved to be insightful, I felt that the book in its entirety has been unnecessarily blown up by its length. In short: Interesting yet repetitive study on habits and how to change them!

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PikePress

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Reviewed by Bernie Pilarski on Jul 29 2013

This is not a self-help book (although there is some practical advice on how to approach changing habits), a motivational book, nor a textbook. It is a good piece of journalism intended to inform and educate, and to those ends, it succeeds admirably.

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The Scholarly Kitchen

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Reviewed by KENT ANDERSON on May 09 2013

...selecting the right keystone habit is difficult. Put the right one in place, and it’s transformative...After reading the book, we agreed on one for our organization. I won’t tell you what it is — that might give away a little bit of a competitive advantage — but I can tell you that it’s already delivering benefits.

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A Reader's Place

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on Jul 23 2012

Parts of this book are very, very interesting; other parts less so...I’m bogged down in the final section on cultural stuff; somehow I think it’s more complex than the author’s explanations.

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Business Books

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Reviewed by Paul on Jul 11 2012

It's a fabulous read that will no doubt spark your creative mind to take a lot of notes for today and turn them into business improvement and revenue tomorrow.

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Reviewed by George Rodriguez on Apr 09 2012

I still highly recommend this book, but beyond studies that were independently verified and research based more on causation than correlation, I would take some of Duhigg’s stories with a grain of salt. For the reader looking to change personal habits however I can think of no better place to start.

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John Brown

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Reviewed by John Brown on May 01 2012

If you’re interested in forming the habits of a class, team, company, or family; if you want to change some of your own habits; if you’re interested in knowing why we do what we do and enjoy the style of Malcom Gladwell and Dan and Chip Heath, then I think you’ll love this book.

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Kate of Mind

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Reviewed by Kate Sherrod on Apr 23 2012

Whether you're seeking to make changes yourself. . .or just interested in how other people do it, this is a good read for curious people.

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