Essay on The Effects Of Habits On Your Brain

1080 Words Oct 5th, 2016 5 Pages
Do you remember the last time someone told you to brush your teeth? Hopefully, it has been a long time since you even thought twice about it because that once tedious chore has become a habit. Habits are apparent in your daily life in a multitude of ways; from the positive habits, like brushing your teeth and exercising, to the negative habits such as biting your nails. That being said, habits are essential to living a productive, healthy life, yet most people cannot recall when a simple action turned into a daily routine. Your brain uses a mechanism called habituation, which keeps you from processing every single stimulus around you and helps your brain to focus strictly on what is important (Pastorino, Doyle-Portillo, 2010). If you had to process every factor related to washing your hands every time you did it, it would drive your brain crazy. Consequently, your brain must begin forming habits to stay organized and focused during your daily life without you even realizing it. However, before you can form a habit, you need a cue or trigger, a reward, and lastly a routine. Charles Duhigg, the author of The Power of Habit, calls this a “habit loop” (Castillo, 2014). So whether it is intentional or not, your brain forms almost all of your habits in three simple steps. Initially, before you can even begin to form a habit, you must encounter the behavior naturally and engage in it for the first time (Pastorino, Doyle-Portillo, 2010). Once this is complete, your brain needs a…

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