Why Are Habits So Hard to Break?


When two or more brain cells (neurons) communicate, they physically move closer to each other. This shortens the distance neurotransmitters need to travel.

If neurons keep up their communication, they eventually form a synapse, or bond.

After forming a synapse, the Basal Ganglia (Brain’s Fuel Efficiency & Habit Manager) sends up a dendrite to monitor the communications. If the communication is daily (very frequent), the Basal Ganglia will forever mark the synapse as a “Habit”.

The neurons of synapses that are marked as “Habits” are physically closer to each other than all of the other neurons that reside inside the brain. Because of this unique close bond, it is hard to break apart this band of brothers.

There are shortcuts to habit change which fool the brain into accepting a new habit, such as Chunking or Habit Stacking. I get into these shortcuts in great detail in my book, Change Your Habits Change Your Life.

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