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Habit website helps to make or break behavior

Habit website helps to make or break behavior

Habit website helps to make or break behavior
March 31
00:03 2015

Harrison Long / Staff Writer

Excess can be common in all forms when college is involved, and a new website is looking to help remedy that.

HabitForge.com is a self-help service designed specifically for individuals looking to stop bad habits and form good ones in the process. Without the direct eye of a parent or guardian and a devotion to moderation, habits may emerge, good or bad, while in college.

“I know some people who didn’t even have their first drink until they got to UNT,” marketing sophomore Kayla Forester said. “It’s a hard transition from doing everything your parents say to be able to make all of your major decisions for yourself.”

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Although Forester said she denies being a part of the party scene, she said she’s seen it more than once.

“For some people the habit comes almost instantaneously, and it can be hard to break,” Forester said.

As a new arrival to the self-help scene, HabitForge aims to help an individual identify the problem they face, encourage them to pursue action, and keep them on the path to a healthier lifestyle. According the website, HabitForge works in four different phases: Day 1, Week 1, the first 30 days and the second 30 days.

On Day 1, the individual identifies the habit they wish to make or break and determines why or how the habit formed in the first place.

However, behaviors don’t become habits overnight. Studies on the website suggest it could take at least three weeks for individuals to begin noticing the effects of their changes.

The Week 1, or Enthusiasm Phase, helps the individual keep their motivation going.

The next two phases are to ensure the person is on track to keep their goal without relapsing into former behaviors.

Undeclared sophomore Cassidy Bates said she found herself very enthusiastic about the idea of a website like HabitForge.

“On their website they cited several different aspects of the book ‘The Power of Positive Thinking,’” she said. “That book has truly helped shape my life in many different ways, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to make a change.”

Bates said she has tried many times to quit drinking soda, but found it very difficult to maintain her enthusiasm as the days wore on.

HabitForge claims to have helped over 100,000 clients complete more than 2.4 million habit-breaking or habit-making days since its inception. The site said keeping the individual inspired is the most important aspect to achieving their goal, which is why it assigns members to groups of like-minded people to inspire collaboration.

It also sends periodic notes of encouragement and daily check-ins to keep the progression moving.

“I could definitely see signing up for a program like this,” biology junior Shelby Downs said. “It would be much better than having to do it on my own. Maybe they can figure out a way to help me stop rolling my eyes at people.”

Featured Illustration by Jake Bowerman – Senior Staff Illustrator

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