|The Behavioral Economics Diet: The Science of Killing a Bad Habit
||Create a reward system: Utilizing a commitment contract leverages behavioral economics principles and social norms to improve the odds of making succesful behavior changes
|The Science Behind Using Online Communities To Change Behavior
||Establish support: Online communities can change people’s behaviors by addressing psychological needs like the need to trust; the need to fit in; the need for self-worth; the need to be rewarded for good behavior; and the need to feel empowered.
|The UCLA Hope Intervention
||Establish support: Peer leaders communicating in online and offline communities can change behavior.
|Don’t beat yourself up
||Install foundational mindsets: Embracing self-compassion helps us accept and make progress on our shortcomings and problems without inducing negative emotions through self-views, judgments, expectations, regrets and comparisons with others
|Homeostasis and Why We Backslide
||Learn how habits work: Our natural resistance to change, homeostasis, can be countered / mitigated via awareness, regular practice, and support systems
|Making health habitual: the psychology of ‘habit-formation’ and general practice
||British Journal of General Practice
||Learn how habits work: Habit-formation advice is ultimately simple — repeat an action consistently in the same context.
|Can’t Kick a Bad Habit? You’re Probably Doing It Wrong
||Make it easy: A technique of “progressive extremism” gradually classifies specific negative behaviors as things you will never do again (i.e., moving from the realm of “I don’t” rather than “I can’t”)
|The Tim Ferriss Approach to Setting Goals: Rig the Game so You Win
||Make it easy: Ferriss asks himself one simple question that’s designed to strip away any hindrances that’ll make his work unnecessarily difficult: “Am I making this harder than it needs to be?”
|Distracted in 2016? Reboot Your Phone with Mindfulness
||Shape your environment: We have opportunities to shape our environments (in this case, our phones) to better support our goals and needs
|The Easiest Way to Change People’s Behavior
||Shape your environment: To a larger extent than you probably realize, your environment dictates your actions. So don’t fight yourself to change your behavior in the midst of the wrong environment; just change the environment. You want to make it easier to do something you want done and harder not to.
|Autopilot Achievement: How to Turn Your Goals Into Habits
||Translate goals into habits: Goals can be broken down into specific habits. “After all the necessary habits are ingrained, your goal is on autopilot.”
|Goals, Processes, & Habits: A Recipe for Success
||Translate goals into habits: “Uncover the assumptions behind each goal and turn them into habits.”
|How Can I Turn Vague Goals Into Actionable To-Dos?
||Translate goals into habits: “Goals and to-dos are two different things. In order for them to work together, you have to break goals down into smaller chunks… Create smaller actionable building blocks with daily activities.”
|How to Solve Difficult Problems by Using the Inversion Technique
||Translate goals into habits: “The way to use the Inversion Technique is to look at a particular problem from the opposite direction… Inverting the problem provides a different perspective by forcing you to think through the hidden barriers that could prevent your progress… It is far easier to avoid stupidity than it is to create genius.”
|Here’s the Secret to Sticking to Your New Year’s Resolution
||Translate goals into habits: There are two categories of resolutions: promotion goals, and prevention goals. Promotion goals are hopes and dreams, aspirations towards a future that is better than the present (“I will run a marathon.”) Prevention goals are duties and obligations, discipline-oriented targets to keep you on track (“I will go to the gym.”). Prevention goals generally have higher success rates in the long term, because they are about building reasonable habits and then maintaining them, not achieving an abstract goal.
|Health, United States, 2014
||U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
||Survey data on health behaviors in U.S.
|Hooking Users In 3 Steps: An Intro to Habit Testing
||“Habit Testing” can be used by consumer web companies to build products that users not only love, but are hooked to. This utilizes the the build, measure, learn methodology espoused by the lean startup movement.
|The Behavioral Economics Guide 2016
||Overview of Behavioral Economics concepts.