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Motivate Healthy Habits

A Mutual Aid and Self-help guidebook for you, your family and friends with learning exercises, examples and stories.
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Motivational Practice

A guidebook for lay health guides & professionals. Learn professional skills for everyday life.
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"Be the change that you wish to use in the world"


Do you think that you should

But you really don't feel like it?

So why do you emotionally resist change despite your best intentions? Just like failed New Years' resolutions. Would you like to break your unhealthy habits?

To develop effective motivation to change, you must first learn how to lower your emotional resistance. Use the book Motivate Healthy Habits: Stepping Stones for Lasting Change as your guide for yourself and family. Learn more about emotional resistance

Discover Your Path to Healthy Habits

Talking the walk is only stepping stones away from walking the talk. Use the Motivate Healthy Habits (MHH) guidebook to:

  • Understand your challenge
  • Master the process of change
  • Rise to the challenge

Why make it hard on yourself? Take the shortest path that generates the least resistance. Develop new skills to change your unhealthy habits and help others too.
Discover what steps that you need to take

Experience the MHH Learning Process

Become the researcher of your own behavior change. Learn how to move beyond:

  • Surface change—increasing your knowledge, having good intentions and setting goals, to
  • Deep change—exploring your feelings, views, values and why you do and do not want to change.

Discover what it takes for you to change your behavior.

To begin this process, pick an unhealthy habit. Download a decision balance to clarify your issues about change. Enhance your awareness about how your feelings (or avoidance of them), views, motives and values influence your behavior and your decision about change.

Before using the decision balance on yourself, listen to an interview of a smoker who is highly resistant to change. To learn more about how to initiate dialogues about quitting with such another person, visit our "Free Resource" area and watch a video about communication micro-skills.

Women Making a Difference
in Men's Health

Are the men in your life ambivalent about, or resistant to changing their unhealthy habits? Do they minimize the risks and harms of these behaviors? Are you more concerned about their unhealthy habits than they are? Does sharing your concerns make any difference? If not, you may be experiencing the downside of caring-frustrations and reoccurring conflicts that go nowhere. Listen to Gandhi, "Be the change that you wish to see in the world". Improve your own health habits first before inviting family members to use the MHH guidebook. And if you change your family role from a "health advisor" to a "motivational guide", you will be more effective in helping your family make lasting improvements in their health habits.
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Additional brief articles

1. White Lies: Spinning Tales About Our Unhealthy Habits
2. What Triggers Resistance Against Healthy Habits
3. Forces For And Against Change: Invest Your Effort Wisely
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Create Healthy Families,
Workforces and Communities

Use the Motivate Healthy Habits (MHH) guidebook to break your unhealthy habits. Develop your own personal evidence about healthy behavior change. Share your learning experiences with family and friends. Learn about a discount pack of books for your family.

Consider inviting the leaders of your organizations (work, church, etc) to experience the MHH learning process (using the guidebook or the online course). Establish leadership teams to create health-promoting organizations that generate synergy between individual and organizational change.

One-by-one, lets create healthy learning communities, both inside and outside of your organization. Help spread healthy epidemics by sending the MHH-message to family, friends, leaders and healthcare practitioners

This journal contains the essence of the Motivate Healthy Habits guidebook, but only has the learning exercises. Ideal for focused work and family discussion.
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