The time it takes to break a habit is not 21 days as some experts believe, research suggests
With the new year, several people will attempt to break some of their worst habits. A long-time belief has been that it takes 21 days to break a habit or form a good one. However, according to a more recent study from University College London, the time it takes to break a new habit isn’t as clear cut as 21 days. Researchers examined the new habits of 96 people over the space of 12 weeks and found that the average time it takes for a new habit to stick is actually 66 days. But stick with your new habit for longer than two months and you’ll end up with a habit you can keep without having to think about it.
World Health Organization creates ‘Commit to Quit’ initiative to help people quit smoking
The World Health Organization says more people around the world have been trying to quit tobacco products this year because smoking increases the chance of serious illness or death from COVID-19. The “Commit to Quit” initiative started Dec. 8 and will go through next year. The organization recognizes that quitting tobacco products is challenging, especially with added social and economic stresses during the pandemic. The WHO is publishing a list of 100 reasons to quit smoking. The World Health Organization also started a way to chat with someone on WhatsApp.