Q&A with Charles Duhigg: diagnosing, restructuring bad money habits

Charles Duhigg, author of “The Power of Habit” was interviewed recently about how habits affect personal finance. He notes that not all habits are negative, but that we need to “diagnose the cue and reward,” in order to change the bad ones. Duhigg believes habits are resistant to change because of the rewards we receive, suggesting that we need to find new, healthy behaviors that also provide rewards, and that we need to be deliberate about it. Duhigg says habits are very important to financial success; “What you spend money on every day has a huge influence…” on saving and debt.

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