Why are habits dangerous?

Advertisement
Advertisement
Dr. Kathleen Hall
Preventive Medicine
Habits are dangerous because they can make your life a series of mindless actions. Many people go through their entire lives living a life of habituation. They get up at the same time, jump in the shower with their mind racing, eat the same breakfast day after day, drive the same roads to work, and do the same tasks at the office each day. The neuropathways of the brain get reinforced over and over again, day after day, year after year, decade after decade. Our life can become a collection of mindless, almost thoughtless habits. So many of the individuals I have counseled over the years have lived lives entrenched in habituation and their precious lives have passed them by.

Habituation can deaden your innate gift of awareness. You can become deaf to the voice on your inner GPS and you can't feel you inner spark. Habituation can become an anesthetic that numbs you to the power of your choices and causes you to become the victim of your life.

You can become habituated or paralyzed in the midst of the chaos or shallowness of your lives. As you become the victim of your life, you begin to live as if you expect some outside force to come along and create happiness in your lives. No one else can bring you true happiness; not a government, a church, a spouse, a partner, or children. When you choose to create an intentional life of happiness, no event or person can get in your way.
A Life in Balance: Nourishing the Four Roots of True Happiness

More About this Book

A Life in Balance: Nourishing the Four Roots of True Happiness

Nautilus Book Awards Winners for 2007 (category: Self-Help/Psychology/ Personal Growth) "Like many people, Kathleen Hall found that despite great success and material wealth, she had yet to identify...

Continue Learning about Wellness

Wellness

Wellness

Wellness is a difficult word to define. Traditionally wellness has meant the opposite of illness and the absence of disease and disability. More recently wellness has come to describe something that you have personal control over. ...

Wellness is now a word used to describe living the best possible life you can regardless of whether you have a disease or disability. Your wellness is not only related to your physical health, but is a combination of things including spiritual wellness, social wellness, mental wellness and emotional wellness. Wellness is seen as a combination of mind, body and spirit. Different people may have different ideas about wellness. There is no single set standard for wellness and wellness is a difficult thing to quantify.
More

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.