Human Condition

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Creatures of Habit
We all have our good and our bad habits. But if you can get used to anything, why is it so difficult to get “unused”. It’s very easy to get into the habit of doing something, but not so easy to get out of that habit.
First of all, we are creatures. We are animals. We're very sophisticated, but let's never forget that we're made of flesh and blood. Our brains govern basic processes such as breathing and food intake. However, at the same time, these incredibly complex machines enable us to appreciate art, music, language and humour.
Developing habits is important to help us through our day. When we perform routine tasks, we switch to autopilot. And just as well! This frees up time and brain capacity to learn something new or appreciate the finer points of life. Habits not only save time and brain power, they are very comforting. There are no nasty surprises. People instinctively do not like change. For example, my parents have been going on holiday to the same place for 20 years. When they eat out, they always go to the same restaurant. How boring! However, they argue that they know what to expect and have never been disappointed.
Some psychologists argue that, to maintain mental flexibility and agility, we should vary our little routines. If we always take the same route to work or to do our shopping, we should take a different route every now and again. This will keep us on our toes.
So habits can be useful and comforting. They can also be annoying, dirty or even downright disgusting. This, of course, usually applies to other people’s habits and never our own! Unfortunately, not all habits are harmless. Some can even border on obsession or addiction.
Every New Year, people make resolutions to change their behaviour, usually with respect to eating and drinking. After the excesses of Christmas, they initially find it easy to cut back…...

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