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  1. Nov 2021
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  3. Oct 2020
    1. Every goal is doomed to fail if it goes against the grain of human nature.
    2. Whenever you want to change your behavior, you can simply ask yourself: How can I make it obvious? How can I make it attractive? How can I make it easy? How can I make it satisfying?
    3. If a behavior is insufficient in any of the four stages, it will not become a habit. Eliminate the cue and your habit will never start. Reduce the craving and you won’t experience enough motivation to act. Make the behavior difficult and you won’t be able to do it. And if the reward fails to satisfy your desire, then you’ll have no reason to do it again in the future. Without the first three steps, a behavior will not occur. Without all four, a behavior will not be repeated.
    4. Second, rewards teach us which actions are worth remembering in the future. Your brain is a reward detector
    5. The first purpose of rewards is to satisfy your craving
    6. The response is the actual habit you perform, which can take the form of a thought or an action. Whether a response occurs depends on how motivated you are and how much friction is associated with the behavior. If a particular action requires more physical or mental effort than you are willing to expend, then you won’t do it. Your response also depends on your ability. It sounds simple, but a habit can occur only if you are capable of doing it.
    7. Cues are meaningless until they are interpreted. The thoughts, feelings, and emotions of the observer are what transform a cue into a craving.
    8. Every craving is linked to a desire to change your internal state.
    9. Cravings are the second step of the habit loop, and they are the motivational force behind every habit. Without some level of motivation or desire—without craving a change—we have no reason to act. What you crave is not the habit itself but the change in state it delivers.
    10. The cue triggers your brain to initiate a behavior. It is a bit of information that predicts a reward
    11. Your life today is essentially the sum of your habits.
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  8. Dec 2017
    1. Creating a habit to use vocabulary in normal classroom talk makes a lot of sense using vocab. in normal conversations so students understand it in a practical manner. I'll develop a habit to use more vocab. while talking with students about peer interactions like: playground issues, talking with peers and friends. If they hear new words and understand them in a real-world context they maintain them long-term. Makes sense! love it!

  9. Aug 2016
    1. This prologue can be summarized best and memorably this way: . Why? Allow me to explain...

  10. Nov 2015
    1. Lyubomirsky makes the simple but important point that increasing your level of happiness takes sustained effort and commitment over time, just like achieving any other important goal in life.

      Now the good news is, a lot of the activities that I think foster happiness, well-being, can become habitual over time, and so, once they become habitual, the effort decreases.

  11. Jun 2015
    1. There is a certain hubris to the notion that a mere academic writer is actually inveming. But the hubris is more than tempered by the self -evident modesty of the returns. So why not hang up the academic hat of critical self-serio usness, set aside the intemperate arrogance of debunking-and enjoy? If you don't enjoy concepts and writing and don't feel that when you write you arc adding something to the world, if only the enjoyment itself, and that by adding that ounce of positive experience to the world you are affirming it, celebrating its potential, tending irs growth, in however small a way, however really abstractly-well, just hang it up. It is nor that critique is wrong. As usual, it is not a question of right and wrong-nothing impor­ tant ever is. Rather, it is a question of dosage. It is simply that when you arc busy critiquing you arc less busy augmenting. You are that much less fo stering. There are times when debunking is necessary. But, if applied in a blanket manner, adopted as a general operating principle, it is coun­ terproductive. Foster or debunk. It's a strategic question.

      Our closing benediction!

    1. Things like how you don't pick your passions, they pick you

      "Everyone thinks that they know what they want; sometimes your drug chooses you." -- k.d. lang, "My Last Cigarette"


    1. our lack of hardwired patterns of behavior

      This passage reminds me of Lyotard's introduction to The Inhuman, and this Onion article.

  12. May 2015
    1. habits [are pleasurable]; for the habitual has already become, as it were, natural; for habit is something like nature

      Interesting juxtaposition of habit with compulsion: habits are pleasurable, compulsions are not, "unless they become habitual"...

    1. Rather, it is a question of dosage

      Avital Ronell writes in Crack Wars (1992): "It is all more or less a question of dosage" (61). Again the invocation of addiction, critique as a habit that requires management.

    2. Habit is an acquired automatic self-r egulation. It resides in the flesh

      This surprised me. Because of Infinite Jest, habit always makes me think of addiction, though the addictive kind of habit would do some violence to Massumi's claim here, it seems.

  13. Oct 2013
    1. these precepts of oratory, though necessary to know, are yet insufficient to produce the full power of eloquence unless they are united with a certain efficient readiness that among the Greeks is called hexis, " habit."
    1. A habit of thinking must then be gradually gained by embracing in our minds a few particulars at first, in such a way that they may be faithfully repeated.