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Research suggests that these six techniques are powerful to change behavior. They have made all the difference for me. But to understand the power of these techniques, it is helpful to think of behavior as a set of habits, both good and bad that consist of inputs and outputs in a predictable pattern. Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habits has created a very helpful graphic that documents the three primary components of a habit which

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This is an interesting article from the University of Oxford highlighting a recent study conducted in South Africa.  The teams found that interactive text messaging significantly improved patient compliance in taking medicine. The study, of over 1300 adults with high blood pressure in the Cape Town area, compared text message reminders and interactive text messaging to a control group receiving standard care. The results appear online in the American Heart Association journal Circulation. View/Read Article

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This very interesting article reveals some interesting data about how a large portion of health issues can be traced back to poor behaviors or lack of adherence to positive/good behaviors, and suggests some ways to improve on those numbers. The National Institutes of Health estimates that unhealthy behaviors account for almost 40 percent of the risk of preventable, premature deaths in the United States. Read more here/below. The New Face Of Behavior Change

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I read this fascinating article on some research that shows that people are wired to respond to past pleasures/reward patterns even on a subconscious level, explaining why it is so challenging to change a pleasurable habit or addition. Neuroscientists demonstrated that when people see something associated with a past reward, their brain flushes with the neurotransmitter chemical dopamine—even if they aren’t expecting a reward and even if they don’t realize they’re paying that thing any

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Here at Take24, we are pretty big fans of Charles Duhigg and his research and publications around habits.  If you haven't read his book, The Power of Habit, we highly recommend you read it. Mr. Duhigg lays out in a very clear way that there are three key parts of a habit: The Cue, The Reward, and The Routine.  Take24's proprietary engine helps you identify what your cues and rewards are so you can create a new

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If you are anything like other people, we didn’t intend to be addicts. It just happened to us or so we say. Exposure to our addiction may have started as curiosity. It may have given us a rush of pleasure or relaxation. Whatever the feeling, it was something special for us. That something special is why we kept going back for more all the while becoming more and more addicted. Did we intend to fall

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I was recently reminded just how horrible no information is for a partner who is praying and pleading for information from the addicted partner who he or she hopes is fighting the addiction. Well I am here to share the most likely news. No info from your addicted husband probably means he is still acting out and trying to avoid the conversation where he has to divulge his actions. A good friend has been connecting

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10 February

Take the Beating

Call me thick skulled but it has taken me a long time to understand this important principle: most of my wife’s anger no matter how much it seems unrelated to my addiction is absolutely connected. Realizing that gave me the perspective I needed to accept the beating. As soon as I did that, the long, drawn out arguments were greatly minimized. Many of you may have already realized the uncomfortable realization that all anger, all

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One hundred and sixty five dollars is how much I put at risk for my current goal to lose 9 lbs in two months. Eleven people are part of my support network and their payout if I fail is $15. While the small dollar figure is really quite inconsequential to each of these people, it has had a powerful effect as a penalty to me if I fail. Six of those 11 people are members

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A friend of mine has a really difficult addiction he is fighting. He is months into his recovery efforts yet long term sobriety is evading him due to regular relapses. This last week we talked about an important principle, creating an 'environment for change,' that holds the promise for him and many of us to realize the change we want. Countless are the phrases suggesting the connection between us and our environment or our upbringing: You

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