The Big Bad Habits List

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It’s nothing short of incredible that a smoker doesn’t give up tobacco upon hearing that smoking causes approximately one in every five deaths in the United States. Or that an obese person still opts for fried and fast foods when losing a few pounds could really make that person feel a lot healthier. Why are some behaviors so difficult to shake?

Bad habits are persistent patterns of behavior that we know can harm us. We choose to engage in these behaviors despite our own better judgement. The bad habits list identifies some of our most common self-destructive behaviors. The Bad Habits List Where do you stand in terms of bad habits? No one person is perfect, but if you regularly engage in any of the behaviors on the list below, you might want to consider the impact that behavior is having on your sense of well-being. Here are some of the most common bad habits that people have:
  • Smoking
  • Overspending
  • Gambling
  • Overeating
  • Taking drugs
  • Arguing
  • Being ‘superconnected’ (spending too much time on the computer, watching television, texting, or on Facebook)
  • Being late
  • Complaining
  • Eating junk food
  • Drinking too much
  • Exaggerating
  • Not listening and/or always trying to dominating the conversation
  • Working too much and/or being stressed
  • Stealing
  • Cheating
The list is by no means comprehensive – in fact, anything that you know you do when you shouldn’t can count as a bad habit. Some of the habits on the list are more along the lines of serious addictions – gambling, smoking, drinking too much, and overeating on a regular basis can all end in dependence. Others are actions that might not be as directly lethal to your health, but will still impact you in some way, whether it’s psychologically or emotionally. For instance,if you are constantly showing up late for your engagements, your social life will suffer, you won’t feel calm, and your productivity will suffer. If you want to overcome a bad habit, you need to find a way to undo the programming that’s led you to depend on or resort to that particular activity on a regular basis. Your mind works in complex ways, but understanding how to break out of a negative pattern of behavior is simple when you practise Stillness. Stillness is a lifestyle focused on meditation. It combines the age-old practice of quieting the mind with a modern scientific discovery. If you would like to find out more, take a moment to understand the Stillness Effect.
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Understanding Bad Habitsbad habits list Why do we find ourselves stuck in patterns of bad behavior? Scientists have suggested that the main reasons people continue to do things that they know are bad for them include:
  • Defiance and/or a longing to rebel
  • Social acceptance
  • Individual understanding of the world – i.e. believing that the negative consequences of a particular action will happen to other people but not oneself
  • Ability to rationalize unhealthy habits
  • Biological predisposition to addictive behaviors
Researchers who study behavior have identified that despite an increase in health awareness, people still continue to engage in unhealthy behaviors. Moreover, those that try to rid themselves of bad habits will often be provoked to continue by environmental triggers. For instance, if you always eat when you are stressed, it’s highly unlikely that you will be able to overcome that habit until you stop feeling triggered by events beyond your control. Meditation to Quell a Bad Habit? Meditation has been tested as a form of alternative therapy for overcoming addiction and breaking bad habits. The success of meditation is based on brain plasticity. Your brain is filled with neural networks which are based on your genetics and your past conditioning. As humans, we tend to follow patterns of thought and behavior. When you meditate, you actually create new neural networks in your brain which can help you to overcome your bad habits. Through Stillness, no habit has to be permanent.

Take one more look at that bad habits list. Wouldn’t it be nice to say that you didn’t do any of the things on that list? The goal isn’t as difficult as it may seem when your practise Stillness-centered meditation.
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  • Nick

    haha, was this list composed in the the 1950s? Since when is arguing a bad habit?