Healthy Habits


Science of Habits

A lot of research has been done on habits - what habits are, how we form them, and if they can be used to help people improve their health. The information below summarises what this research has found.

What is a habit?
How do we form a habit?
How long does it take to form a habit?
Can habits improve health?

Want to read more about the science behind habits?

If you are interested in more of the science behind habits, below are some papers you can download to read.

Lally, P., van Jaarsveld, C. H. M., Potts, H. W. W., & Wardle, J. (2010). How are habits formed: Modelling habit formation in the real world. European Journal of Social Psychology, 40, 998-1009.

Lally P, Wardle J & Gardner B. (2011): Experiences of habit formation: A qualitative study, Psychology, Health & Medicine, 16:4, 484-489

Gardner, B; Lally, P; Wardle, J; (2012) Making health habitual: the psychology of 'habit-formation' and general practice. Br J Gen Pract , 62 (605) 664 - 666.