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Beyond Willpower: The Science Behind Breaking Bad Habits

Beyond Willpower: The Science Behind Breaking Bad Habits

How many of us have ever tried to break a bad habit, only to fall back into our old patterns despite our best intentions? This blog by PsychCentral writer Dr. Elisha Goldstein discusses the ways in which habit-forming — and -breaking — is about so much more than willpower. While there is only so much we can do about the unavoidable dopamine rush we get when we see a tasty hamburger or pick up our smartphones, mindfulness practice has been shown to widen the gap between impulse and response in our brains. In addition to treating a wide array of mental health concerns, neurofeedback has also been shown to be a powerful tool for improving relaxation and mindfulness.

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