How to build lasting habits for a better life

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Many of us know the kinds of habits that could make us healthier, more successful and likely happier.

It might involve being more mindful, drinking more smoothies or training for a 5K race. And yet meditation may seem boring, cooking a healthy meal can feel like too much work, and sticking to a lazy routine of no exercise is so comfortable and familiar.
Katy Milkman, professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, has fought through many of these same roadblocks. As co-founder and co-director of Wharton’s Behavior Change for Good Initiative, she now spends her career studying habit development.
Milkman has worked with The White House, Google, the American Red Cross and Walmart, helping their people develop better habits around retirement savings, exercise and more. In her new book, “How to Change: The Science of Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be,” she walks readers through the latest science on behavior change, with practical tips that can help you reduce stress, improve your mental health and live a better life.