About the Book

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Perfect for anyone trying to start the new year off right, this instant classic explores how we can change our lives by changing our habits.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Wall Street Journal • Financial Times

In The Power of Habit, award-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 the 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.

With a new Afterword by the author

“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

About the Author

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.

About the Reviews

Use the Power of Habit to make the changes that you've wanted to make but haven't gotten around to.

I've learned to exercise regularly, wake up early, and make healthier food choices. My habits and systems have improved my wellness, and if it worked for me, then it can definitely work for you.

I've also picked up a positive habit of reading at night before bed instead of mindlessly scrolling on my phone.

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WOW! This is one of those books you read, and re-read, and then re-read again because there is SO much good packed in it. I love the way that Duhigg, the author, gives abundant examples of what it means to have a habit and how it has been done successfully by key players. The book is both scientifically sound from a psychological point of view, as well as inspirational, also from a psychological point of view. He blends both the science and the practical ("I can do this too!") worlds together.

If you want to get better at a task, a language, a skill or other important trait, this is a book you'll love. From one eager learner to another (you know it if you are), you will love this book. Don't hesitate. Buy the thing. Read it. Study it. Apply it. You'll be glad you did!

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Habit is the cause of many sufferings in our lives, whether because we developed a few bad ones, or because someone else carefully designed the habits for us. At the same time, habit can be the source of so many joys and happy times.

This book is no doubt one of the most important books I've read to date.

This book is not a typical self-help book, if you're looking for one, but I think it's still worth a read even for self-help readers. In the worst case scenario, it may reveal why some of the self-help books you've read did not work while others did, and at best, you will find your own self-help methods without additional books.

If you are fascinated by human behavior, and, by extension, your own, and you've always wondered about the more primitive aspects of our brains that have a gripping influence on our lives, this book will no doubt be a great addition to your bookshelf.

Product Info

Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks (January 7, 2014)
Language: English
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4,794 customer reviews

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