R655 Winter 2020 Exploring Habits
Wednesdays, 9:40–11:05, Jan. 29–Feb. 19
No class Feb. 5
Instructor: Beth Davis
Class limit: 40
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 course students should be able to create an action plan to create and maintain desired habits in their daily lives. Class discussion 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 are key components to successful life transitions. She holds a master’s degree in accounting from Strayer University and a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and operations research from Virginia Tech.