Have you ever wondered why people form bad habits more easily than good ones?
Our minds work in such a way that we get attracted to negativity for many reasons. It is easy to acquire bad habits, but one must understand that in the long run, it damages us completely and traps us.
In this article, we will find out why is it so easy for all of us to get influenced by negative things, behaviours, actions swiftly than positive ones.
Why Do People Form Bad Habits Easily?
There are various reasons why we form bad habits or get attracted to them.
The reason why we form bad habits easily is that bad or negative things appear to give us pleasure. When we see bad actions, we tend to get attracted to them because we think it is cool and it gives pleasure, but it actually makes us miserable.
The pleasure we get after indulging in negative actions we tend to do it more and gets attached to it.
There might also be a chance that our minds focus more on the negatives than the positives. Only one negative comment is enough to flush hundreds of positive comments.
It takes a lot of effort and a very strong mind to think positively see the positive things. The reason why people fall into overthinking, anxiety, and depression is that they forget to see the positives.
Power of Negative Behaviour
Many pieces of research have found that our brain tends to respond to more negative stimuli than positive ones. Have you ever noticed why advertisers always show negative points?
For example, Head and Shoulders show that if you will not use their product you will have more dandruff, without Listerine you will face bad breathe, white sugar is dangerous you might die with diabetes eat sugar-free.
These are some examples to show how the mind focuses on negative notions.
Negativity holds more power than positivity and that’s why people get attracted to it.
Some start smoking, some start to drink alcohol, some get obsessed with sex, some people tend to see only negativity so on and so forth.
Don’t you think these behaviors are called negative? And if we know that they are bad, why do we form them?
These behaviours are negative or bad but we still form them because we find them appealing, pleasure-giving, comfort giving. blissful, but in the end, we find that they genuinely harm us.
Reason Behind Formation of Bad Habits
Here is a list of things why people form a negative habit.
- Lack of Self Confidence
- Desire for Power
- Attention Seeker
- We find those things cool
- Survival instinct
- Temporary freedom and relaxation
- Craving for comfort
Why Do Bad Habits Feel So Good?
The other reason we find bad things cool and good which lead us in imitating it is that we feel amazing when we break some rules when we behave against others instructions but this satisfaction remains for a short time.
Teenagers tend to learn all the bad things which are shown in movies, series, videos, etc, because they find it amazing, cool and they feel that these things can bring them power, money, fame and everything they ever desired.
Not only teenagers even adults find these habits tempting and fall into this dirty well.
We start thinking that if everyone is smoking, drinking, yelling, abusing, then there must be something amazing.
Bad habits tend to give us the comfort we think we need or desire but that comfort comes with many negative consequences. Our brain is wired in a way that it craves the reward after doing something.
Smoking, alcohol, porn and other sorts of bad activities release a lot of comforts giving a ‘feel-good hormone’ called dopamine.
In a study by NIH, it was found by Dr Poldrack that “Enjoyable behaviours can prompt your brain to release a chemical called dopamine. If you do something over and over, and dopamine is there when you’re doing it, that strengthens the habit even more. When you’re not doing those things, dopamine creates the craving to do it again,” Poldrack also said, “This explains why some people crave drugs, even if the drug no longer makes them feel particularly good once they take it.“
This dopamine, when released, makes us feel good, but then our brain gets addicted to it.
The pleasure causes us to crave more and we start associating this good feeling with bad habits. and we find it difficult to stop it.
When people find it harmful they tend to run away from such habits by doing meditation, yoga, exercises, affirmations, etc.
If you find yourself in a situation where your mind is telling you to smoke once, drink once, have that junk food once, then understand that it’s a craving for dopamine.
So now as you have found the reason why we all form bad habits, behaviours, thoughts and so on, try to avoid doing those mistakes.
These negative habits promise to give pleasure or an option to run away from all the stress, but these shortcuts are just false and temporary.
Go do positive actions, watch positive and motivational movies, hit that gym, eat that veggie, and then your mind will train itself to work harder. Give your mind that dopamine by doing some hard work, not by shortcuts.