This book is written on the premise that small changes are the most realistic. Wellness coach Blumenthal recommends one small change per week, for 52 weeks.
In this book, author Charles Duhigg explores the science behind why habits exist and how they can be changed.
Al Switzler, author of Change Anything, discusses methods for driving measurable, sustainable behavior change.
Change or Die by Alan Deutschman. Fast Company, December 2007. A fascinating article looking at the difficulty of behavior change. Key findings: Radical, sweeping, comprehensive changes are often easier for people than small, incremental ones; and joy is a more powerful motivator than fear.
What you need to know about willpower: the psychological science of self-control. Willpower can be strengthened with practice. View the full article here.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Science of Behavior Change Initiative funded basic research on how to develop and maintain healthier behaviors. See a sampling of what they’ve learned so far here.
“I’m more centered in all the self-care aspects. Being more gentle to myself. Got a fit bit and am moving more. Meditating more. Continuing to choose love.”
“I have changed aspects of diet, stress, exercise and toxin exposure, too numerous to mention here. I am now more open to and actively pursuing change in support of my hoped-for, improved health outcomes and in allowing my body’s natural defenses to function well.”
“Two years after finishing the ACLP—I continue to do yoga, meditation, Reiki, Tai Chi, walking. Will not allow negative people near me. No longer watch any so-called “news”. Read every label on every single thing I buy. When not in use, I unplug my TV, Internet router, and cell phone. I say ‘thank you for my life’ every day.”