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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

8 Easy Ways to Kill Bad Habits, According to Research - Time

Here's how to get rid of those awful bad habits:

1. One at a time. Beat one bad habit per month and in a year you'll be awesome.

2. Don't stop. Just count. Don't eliminate the bad behavior just yet. First, be consistent in your awfulness.

3. Don't change you. Change your world. 20 second rule. Make it harder to engage in bad habits.

4. Chill, dude. Stress makes the bad stuff tempting. Relax and you'll behave better.

5. Don't eliminate. Replace. You can't kill bad habits but you can swap them out for new ones.

6. "If" and "Then." A simple plan for how you'll beat temptation helps you beat temptation.

7. Forgive yourself. Beating yourself up makes you behave worse. Self-compassion keeps you going.

And what's the final tip?

8. Peer pressure is a good thing — when you use it strategically. Mom wanted you to hang out with the smart kids in school because they provided good examples. Mom was right.