F653 Winter 2019 Exploring Habits
Thursdays, 2:15–3:40, Jan. 24–Feb. 14
Class limit: 30
Instructor: Beth Davis
We often talk about changing bad habits or creating new healthy habits, but do we really understand the effect that habits have on our daily lives? Author Gretchen Rubin in her book, Better Than Before, characterizes habits as “deciding not to decide.” These automatic routines have been stored in our brains through repetition and help our brains conserve energy. Habits are part of the reason that we find ourselves turning off lights when we leave a room, putting on our seat belts in the car and constantly checking for the latest news update. We will explore current research on habits, and strategies for habit formation and change. Using this information, at the end of the class each student should be able to create an action plan to create and maintain desired habits in their daily lives. Class discussion so that members can share their perspectives and experiences will be encouraged.
Beth Davis is an OLLI member and an executive coach trained in the George Mason University Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well-Being program. She believes that understanding our habits and actively creating desired habits is a key component to successful life transitions. Beth holds a master’s in accounting from Strayer University and a bachelor’s in industrial engineering and operations research from Virginia Tech.