Happiness Experiment No 41: change a tiny habit

Changing our habits can be very challenging and it is often difficult to stay motivated. Behaviour researcher BJ Fogg has come up with a clever way to overcome this by creating his theory of tiny habits.  Instead of focusing on big changes like getting really fit or losing 10kg he suggests focusing on tiny sustainable changes which require little or no motivation.  The theory works especially well when you attach the new behaviour change to an already existing habit and perform the new habit after the established habit. For example, after I brush my teeth I will floss one tooth.  After I get out of bed, I will do one sit up.  You can gradually increase the frequency until you are flossing all your teeth and doing many sits very morning.

My dog is currently on medication and I have to acquire a new daily habit of giving her a pill every day.  I remember to do this by saying to myself after I put on my dog’s lead to take her for a walk, I will give her the pill. You can watch BJ Fogg’s TED talk below to learn more about his theory or sign up for the tiny habit programme which runs weekly starting very Monday and is free of charge.  Join the Tiny Habits programme here.

Forget big change, start with a tiny habit: BJ Fogg at TEDxFremont

Posted by Shona Lockhart on 1st June 2015

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