Over the last decade, the idea that building good habits—or breaking bad habits—is one of the keys to a happier, healthier, longer life has gone mainstream. Books like Atomic Habits by James Clear and Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg argue that the sum of many small daily behaviors—like going for a walk or brushing your teeth—is far more important than the occasional dramatic gesture—like flogging yourself through a five-mile run you haven't trained for or flossing the night before visiting the dentist.
But building new habits isn't always easy. If it was, everyone would brush their teeth twice a day, get in their minimum recommended 150 minutes of moderate-intensity cardio and two strength training sessions each week, and never miss a work deadline.
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