As we head into February, many of our New Year's resolutions are already abandoned. But the secret to making a new priority really stick is forming a habit.
According to Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit, "habits can shape up to 45 percent of the decisions we make daily…and these routines have an enormous impact on our health and happiness."
The New Year's resolutions that are commonly expressed are to exercise more, find financially stability, but this year one of the more popular goals declared was to read more. Diane Garrett, owner of Diane's Books, sheds some light on how we can keep our New Year's resolution and make reading not only a goal, but a habit.
"When I go home at night that is what I look forward to, getting back into my book," says Diane Garrett, owner of Diane's Books.
Diane, who opened the Greenwich bookstore 23 years ago and now represents the only remaining bookstore in town, believes that reading every day is a true discipline.
"When I read I have a certain place and my book ready so I don't spend half an hour trying to think what am I going to read," says Garrett. "It's a routine, it's like having breakfast in the morning, it's a real discipline."
And with discipline, comes the formation of a habit which can make those resolutions stick. So start small, find a good book, and turn that resolution to read more into a daily habit.