The Science of Habit: Popular Habits vs. Popular Addictions
Habits can be great. They can motivate us to keep up with a gym routine, allow us to employ a new personal hygiene regimen, or keep us on track with our work assignments.
Often these actions happen without much thought. Over time, these actions can actually become habitual routines that are difficult to break.
In order to stay away from negative habits like over eating, smoking or binge drinking, a psychological element must be engaged. To reduce or prevent habits it is important to understand why you behave a certain way. Then you should try to figure out when this behavior happens or what triggers the response. Finally, work towards getting rid of this habit by replacing it with a new, positive habit.