Book Review: "Atomic Habits" by James Clear

NITHIN KURIEN
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14 December, 2022

Atomic Habits is a must-read for anyone looking to create sustained improvement and growth in their lives. The book is written by James Clear and is quite easy to read and follow, but has some amazing ideas in it. The book is guided by the fundamental premise that even if one is willing to improve their lives by one percent a day, that person would experience an improvement of over thirty-three times in a single year. The book delves into atomic habits and beautifully details how one can easily get to the point of forming and practising good habits. It says people tend to believe that when you want to change your life, you need to think big.

However, in reality, change comes from the compound effect of hundreds of small improvements and decisions that one makes in life. It talks about starting small and taking baby steps toward your goal. There are four key laws that one has to follow to build these habits, the first is that you should make your habits "obvious,", the second law is to make your habits "attractive,", the third is that habits should be "easy," and finally, habits should also be "satisfying.". 

Although the author says that the book is an operating manual for creating and building good habits, one would feel that it is not just a series of techniques and procedures but also dives deep into the psychological factors that are involved in the creation of habits, which makes it an interesting read. The book also talks about the concept of delayed gratification, which is something that all of us need to learn and appreciate because we now live in a world of instant gratification. I also feel that one can derive a lot of practical use from this book because the entire concept of this book is to start small, so the techniques discussed are easy to adopt and they are more likely to bring real change in your life, which is not something one can say about many of the self-help books that we come across these days. It’s been one of the best books that I have read recently and truly deserves all the hype it has been receiving.

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