Feel the fear of changing your habits and do it anyway

Book review: Good Habits, Bad Habits: The Science of Making Positive Changes That Stick, by Wendy Wood (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, €17.95)

8th December, 2019
Feel the fear of changing your habits and do it anyway
Wendy Wood's latest book is a guide to introducing new measures into your habitual life. Picture: J Emilio Flores

First a confession: I’m not the tidiest person. In fact, I can be downright messy.

My slovenly ways don’t come from a lack of good intentions. When the mess has accumulated to an unignorable extent, I self-flagellate before making a proclamation to scoffing loved ones that, from this day forward, I’m going to be neat. Sincere in my goals, there is initially an improvement, but it’s not long before the old neglectful ways...

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