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The Big Idea for Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The brain's reliance on habit loops to automate much of our thought and behavior is in one sense an evolutionary triumph in that it frees our attention to focus on other, more important things than, say, ordering lunch. But habits also lock us into mindless and not always useful ways of being. Since we can’t uproot our habits entirely, the trick is to understand how they work, so we can rewire them when necessary.

In today's lesson, Robert Silverstein, Medical Director of the Preventative Medicine Center says the first place to start is by analyzing our habits. How well do you perform in five basic activities - eating, drinking, breathing, exercise, and goal setting - determines whether or not you are a healthy person and whether you can avoid costly medical care, surgeries, expensive medications and their side effects.




  1. 1 How to Optimize Your Health: Start By Analyzing Your Habits
    Big Think Editors Big Think Edge
  2. 2 How to Form a Good Habit
    Jason Gots Think Tank
  3. 3 How to Cut Your Food Addiction
    Mark Hyman
  4. 4 How I Scientifically Quit My Cookie Habit
    Daniel Honan Think Tank

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