I am reading The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg - not at all my usual type of book. The subtitle is Why We Do What We Do and How to Change It. Isn't that a perfect book for the beginning of the year?
Since this is neither fiction, nor written for younger folk, it is taking me a little bit longer to read this book. So far, it is fascinating. I try not to read too much in one sitting because Duhigg gives his audience a lot of information. Scientific research is sandwiched between case studies. The stories of neurologically damaged people, people who have successfully overcome destructive habits - even a football coach that leads a failing team to victory - underscore the research that is ably and accessibly explained.
The book is due out in March of this year. By then, I will have used the information in here to overcome MY destructive habits and become a whole new ME! (Smile!) Sigh, that might not happen. But already I am more aware of the way habit controls a lot of what I do.
While reading this book I realized something. I resist routine. I guess I am a contrary person. This book explains that routine - of the right sort - could simplify my life. But I fight routine. I wonder why. Hmmmm... I will go off now and do some self-examination. I'll be back tomorrow for KWBT.
In the meantime, put Charles Duhigg's book The Power of Habit on your list of must-reads for 2012.