16 Jan 2012

Stop Expecting to Change Your Habit in 21 Days.

Submitted by Stephen Winters
TitleStop Expecting to Change Your Habit in 21 Days.
Publication TypeWeb Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsRubin, G
Access Year2012
Access DateJan 16, 2012
Last Update DateOct 21, 2009
Publisherpsychologytoday.com
Keywordshabits, repentance
Abstract

In my research on happiness, I keep running into the assertion that it takes twenty-one days to develop a new habit -- but I’ve always had my doubts about the validity that number.

First, when it comes to developing a bad habit, two repetitions is probably enough. Order a doughnut with your coffee on Monday morning and Tuesday morning, and you’ll probably find it very hard to resist ordering a doughnut on Wednesday.

Second, at least for me, twenty-one days isn't nearly long enough to form a good habit.

URLhttp://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-happiness-project/200910/stop-expecting-change-your-habit-in-21-days
Citation KeyctkeyPscyTodayRubinChangHab21No

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