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This Actually Works: Break Your Bad Habits In Only 6 Days!

Want to break bad habits and replace them with good ones in 2023? Blinkist has a collection of nonfiction books to help.
by Vanessa Gibbs | Jan 2 2023

Habits are powerful things. They’re the reason we brush our teeth every morning without questioning it and put on our seatbelts without debating whether we really want to each time. And they make up more of our day than we think. Research suggests about 45% of our daily behavior is habitual.

That’s a good thing if those habits include hitting the gym before work, eating a salad for lunch, and reading 10 pages of a nonfiction book after work. But it’s a whole different story when our habits involve sleeping in, sugar, and social media. Luckily, bad habits can be broken.

Studies show only 9% of all New Year’s Resolutions succeed and 80% of people give theirs up by February. If you want to start breaking your bad habits, you have to act quickly, and that’s why Blinkist has developed a six-day course.

What’s Blinkist exactly? It’s an app that gathers the most important insights from nonfiction books and shares them as easy-to-digest explainers you can read or listen to in just 15 minutes. There are 5,500 books to choose from across 27 categories including personal development, psychology, and entrepreneurship.

Blinkist Founders
The Blinkist founders: Niklas Jansen, Tobi Balling and Holger Seim. Not pictured: Sebastian Klein
“When we started most apps were for social media or gaming. We wanted to do something different and build an app that would add genuine value to someone’s life.”
–Holger Seim, CEO of Blinkist

And to help you break bad habits in 2023, Blinkist’s team of expert curators has created a collection all about habits. Over six days, you’ll read or listen to one explainer per day. So, in under a week and in just 15 minutes a day, you’ll know everything you need to know about how to break bad habits and form good ones.

Here’s what you can expect from the collection.

Never Enough by Judith Grisel

Want to make 2023 the year you cut down on drinking or give up smoking once and for all? Never Enough is the book to help. It explains why some of us are more prone to addiction than others, and how drugs like cocaine and alcohol work in the brain.

Never Enough is written by neuroscientist, psychologist, and former drug addict Judith Grisel, and provides an insight into what’s actually going on inside your brain when you’re addicted to a bad habit like taking drugs.

Atomic Habits by James Clear

James Clear combines the latest scientific research with inspiring real-life examples to show you how you can break bad habits and, more importantly, replace them with good ones.

One piece of actionable advice from the book? Create a habit contract to keep you on track. A habit contract will enforce negative consequences if you slip up, whether that’s spending money on clothes when you said you wouldn’t or caving and eating chocolate.

Clear shares an example where an entrepreneur who wanted to lose weight created a contract with his wife and personal trainer promising to get his weight down to 200 pounds. He identified habits that would help him lose weight, including tracking his food intake and weighing himself each week. When he didn’t do these habits, he owed his trainer $100 and his wife $500 — powerful motivation to stick to those habits!

The Kindness Method by Shahroo Izadi

When you’re trying to break a bad habit, it shouldn’t all be about pain and punishment. Self-love and compassion should also be a part of your journey.

Author Shahroo Izadi shares strategies you can use to do things like break an addiction or lose weight. These strategies are based on Izadi’s experience as an addiction recovery therapist. They include exercises like tracking your triggers and identifying what has and hasn’t worked for you in the past.

Rewire by Richard O’Connor

Want to rewire your brain and boost your self-control so you can steer clear of the habits you’re trying to break? Psychotherapist Richard O’Conner explains how you can do just that.

Rewire dives into why we fall prey to bad habits in the first place. Part of this is our self-serving bias, or how we take credit for our good characteristics, but blame the world for our faults.

“Keep a journal of disappointments, failures, and self-destructive actions. It’s important to write this down because these are the kinds of things your self-serving bias will want to forget or minimize.”
Richard O’Connor

But, more importantly, it covers how we can break the cycle of bad behavior with techniques like mindfulness and gently parenting ourselves.

Millions of people around the world already trust Blinkist with their self-development journey. Here is why.

Break Your Habits in Only 15 Minutes Per Day

Blinkist’s team of researchers, writers, and editors read through entire books, pull out the most important parts, and put them in an explainer you can read or listen to in just 15 minutes.

That means you can get all the actionable advice, real-life case studies, and scientific research on habit formation in a fraction of the time it takes to read a nonfiction book cover to cover.

And if you like what you read in an explainer, you can buy the book knowing your time will be well spent reading it in full.

Break Bad Habits
Choose from 5,500 nonfiction books to learn from on the Blinkist app.

Learn About Habit Formation On the Go

With Blinkist, you don’t need to find time to sit down and read in order to learn how to break your habits. The explainers provided are also available in audio form so you can listen and learn more about your new goal on the go, whether that’s when commuting, working out, or walking the dog.

Blinkist’s library is 5,500 books strong, and it’s growing all the time — the team adds 70 new books each month including the latest New York Times bestsellers to trending titles.

And beyond explainers of nonfiction books, you’ll find Guides, a guided experience through a given topic by an expert in their respective field.

“Being able to digest a lot of information in a short amount of time is definitely every busy person’s dream. Blinkist does this.”
–5-star review

Dive into Collections for Your Best Year Yet

There are 27 categories to explore, so, beyond habit formation, you can explore titles about everything from mindfulness to entrepreneurship, parenting to nutrition.

As well as choosing titles from the growing library, you can explore curated collections to help guide your learning. Want to kick your bad habits but don’t know where to start? Our curators have most likely already created something that can help you achieve your goal.

Collections range from “7 Days to Optimized Fitness” to “The Secrets to Stopping Procrastination” to “Start Managing Up in 7 Days.” No matter your goals for 2023, there’s a collection of nonfiction books to help.

Over 24 Million People Already Trust Blinkist with Their Self-Development Journey

Blinkist is trusted by 24 million users around the world who have given the app over 94,000 5-star ratings.

Beyond our loyal user base, Blinkist has been praised by the likes of Forbes and The New York Times, and it’s won awards from the United Nations and Google.

Apple even named Blinkist one of the world’s best apps and one of the top 20 apps for lifelong learning.

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Blinkist Helps Users Create Better Habits

Blinkist doesn’t just help people read more nonfiction, it helps them make real changes to their lives.

“With Blinkist you can boost your knowledge and gain new perspectives so that you can be a better professional, a better partner, or a better you.”
– The United Nations

When we spoke to our users, we found out 87% have made positive changes in their lives and 91% have created better habits thanks to Blinkist.

Want to start breaking bad habits in time for New Year? Download the Blinkist app to get started.

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