Quit smoking

Broken cigarette

This healthy habit is an obvious one, but many people struggle with it nonetheless.

Studies show that men who never smoked have a life expectancy 10.5 years longer than men who smoke until death. Women who never smoked have a life expectancy 8.9 years longer than women who smoke until death. The sooner one quits the greater their life expectancy increases, with most benefits gained if one quits by age 35. Even quitting at age 65 can have a dramatic effect. Men who quit at age 65 gain an average of 2.0 years of life expectancy, while women gain 3.7 years of life expectancy.

Pretty much everyone know that smoking is bad for you. The most effective way to quit smoking, ironically, involves thinking about the benefits of smoking. Many people smoke to reduce stress or socialize with friends, among other reasons. The trick is to find a different (and healthier) habit that provides a similar those same benefits. For example, when your friends at work go to smoke a cigarette outside, grab a cup of chamomile tea instead. It still gives you an excuse to take a break from work and it can reduce stress as well. You could start with nicotine gum, or anything else you come up with. The key thing to realize is that you can’t “break” your smoking habit, neurologists have shown that those neural pathways remain. You can, however, override it with something else.

Good luck!



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