Habit can be real killer. You know that feeling when you were advised the proper thing to do yet you ignore it because you’re stuck to the same old habit? Old habits die hard.

Take for instance a conversation I overheard yesterday. Neighbor 1 told Neighbors 2 and 3 that the liver is at its most active state of cleansing and it is advisable to sleep by 11pm so as not to interrupt its cleaning process. Neighbors 2 and 3 agreed it’s probably true but admits it’s hard to start sleeping by 11pm because they have not gotten used to it.


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I’m sure you can cite other examples. It also brings to mind the question of majority being popular but not always right. I guess habits were formed in the same manner – we become slaves to some of our toxic habits by copying others. That same old tune that says “it’s what most people do so it must be OK”.

An example I can specifically think of is how fast food chains are so popular that we go there to eat normal meals. I had worked in a call center industry for 5 years in Manila to know that fast food chains would be open 24 hours and by 9 p.m., 1 a.m. and 6 a.m., these places would be filled with burger-devouring night shift employees.

I wonder if a bad habit can bring happy hormones just by the contentment caused by being able to follow or do what you routinely do anyway.