If you’ve ever tried to give up something you like that isn’t that great for you, you know the mental tug-of-war that can be.
Take cheese and diary, for example. They taste SO good, don’t know! So of course that’s all you can think about until you have to deal with the flatulence and stomach bloat that comes later. Or smoking. After a meal, sex, on your 2:00 p.m. work break, it’s so nice taking that deep drag. Until you try climbing the stairs, run for the train, smell your clothes, or pay attention to smoking’s other costs to you.
If you can relate, then you’ll want to watch this Talk that poses the question:
Can we break bad habits by being more curious about them?
Psychiatrist Judson Brewer studies the relationship between mindfulness and addiction — from smoking to overeating to all those other things we do even though we know they are bad for us. He makes the case that, Yes, we can break bad habits with the mindful technique of curiosity.
…and there’s a simple way to go about it!