Jennifer M (Founder of BBB) reviews The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and in Business by Charles Duhigg

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

Ever wonder why you automatically seemed to check Facebook these days without making a conscious decision to do so? Or eat off your child’s food plate despite the fact you’re not hungry? Or ever desire to change a lifestyle: develop an excessive habit or lose the bad habit of being chronically late?

This book addresses all that and more. I bought this originally to help myself understand why someone I am very close to is struggling  so much with change– despite their best intentions it just seemed like they couldn’t get out of some patterns and I wanted to explore why that may be.

What ended up happening is I found this amazing book– highly reviewed and just out this year– that has now helped me sort through some of my own routines and gave me a better understanding of myself and my friend.

It takes you through in plain mans English and stories, the neuro-science behind habit formation, how marketing people use it on you, how those techniques can be used at home or in business, and how to empower yourself to mold your habits into what you want them to be.

I highly recommend this in paper form— as it’s the type of thing you may highlight and make notes on that you may go back as reference later… And kindle and book have those features but they are cumbersome.

A must read non-fiction (and I do not say that often)

Enjoy and please comment your feedback post read!

Also available at Barnes & Noble/Nook

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Lisa’s review of Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott

I’ve asked my good friend Lisa to be a “guest blogger” on our website. She is extremely insightful and has a great way with words. Here is her first review:

I just finished reading Anne Lamott’s Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith. I’ve read several of her books and Anne Lamott is one of my favorite writers. She is open about being a recovering alcoholic and drug addict and often talks about her faith in God and the support of her church having saved her. Those who know me know I have a messy complicated relationship with religion and, if you start preaching to me, I’m gonna run the other way cringing. Do not let the title of her book or the subject matter put you off if you are in the same camp. She is folksy, funny, and down to earth. I tend at times to be loony and neurotic and my mind often takes off in this crazy not good direction and drags me along unwillingly for the ride. She is similar and finds humor in this wacky human tendency and manages to laugh at herself for it, all the while finding love and goodness in all the not always good situations of life and people. When I am off down a crazy tangent of a dark and deserted back alley filled with stinky dumpsters and scary stray cats lurking in the shadows, reading her always helps center me and makes me laugh… laughter always being the best medicine! If you’ve not read any of her books, I highly recommend them!

Also available on the Nook

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