2nd Tuesday

A simple way to break a bad habit
BY Judson Brewer

Duration: 9 minutes

Can we break bad habits by being more curious about them? Psychiatrist Judson Brewer studies the relationship between mindfulness and addiction — from smoking to overeating to all those other things we do even though we know they're bad for us. Learn more about the mechanism of habit development and discover a simple but profound tactic that might help you beat your next urge to smoke, snack or check a text while driving.


  • 0': Our automatic reward system
  • 3'10: Start with consciousness instead of fighting the reward system
  • 5'02: Cognitive understanding is not enough
  • 7'20: Mindfulness is scientifically proven to affect habits

About the speaker:

"There's an inherent reward in letting go."– Judson Brewer


Judson Brewer MD PhD is a thought leader in the field of habit change and the “science of self-mastery”, have combined over 20 years of experience with mindfulness training with his scientific research therein. A professor and researcher at UMass Medical School and MIT, he has developed clinically proven app-based training to help people with emotional eating (goeatrightnow.com) and anxiety (unwindinganxiety.com). He is the author of The Craving Mind: from cigarettes to smartphones to love, why we get hooked and how we can break bad habits(New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017).