Introduction1. Is there anything you do just out of habit? 2. Do you have any nasty habits? 3. Have you ever tried to kick a habit? Did you manage to give it up? See the above meanings of HABIT. (Link opens on new page.) You can answer these questions on the interactive board at the end of class.
1. Watch the video and make a note of the bad habits Judson Brewer mentions.
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- “urge to check our Twitter feed”
- “try eating something good so you’ll feel better”
- “eat chocolate or ice cream when we’re mad or sad, we feel better.”
- “So we start smoking.”
- “feel this urge to check your email“
- “compulsively respond to that text message“
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2. Complete the sentences with information you hear on the video (00:00 – 03:49)
This exercise corresponds to the Cambridge CAE exam, Listening Part 2. (Link opens on new page.)
1. It was very tiring, so I'd (take) (naps) whenever I could.
2. Sooner or later, many of us will stop concentrating and begin to (daydream).
3. A (context)- (dependent) (memory) is established, and we learn to copy the procedure again.
4. Rather than getting a message from our stomach, sadness (triggers) the strong desire to eat.
5. It's no coincidence that the man on the cigarette adverts wasn't a (dork).
6. Two of the top avoidable reasons for death are (obesity) and (smoking).
7. The possibility of aiding people to kick their smoking habit with (mindfulness) training was studied.
8. We stopped obliging people to try and quit and centred on them being (curious) about what they were doing.
Full transcript with video: ted.com: Judson Brewer: A simple way to break a bad habit