• Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey is a Best Seller.
  • Covey also wrote another book on the Eighth Habit.
  • “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg is another Best Seller.
    Duhigg points out where to “break” the cycle in a habit.
  • Many books (including the above) are also available as e-Book and Audio book.
  • If one just wants to have teasers or summaries before buying a book, one can subscribe to Blinkist.com


  • My uncle smoke two packs of cigarettes every day.
    He successfully quit smoking partly due to his doctor’s advice and partly due to his determination to live a long, healthy life.
    He lived to his 80s.
    It could have been more if he did not have a fall. There was no immediate signs of danger, but he passed away a few days later.
  • My teacher tried to quit smoking. His buddies and students offered him cigarettes to keep them company.
    He also tried the “substitution” method using Chewing Gums.
    He added one more addiction.
    It would take some time before he kicked both habits.

Good and Bad Habits

  • Good habits allow us to perform things in auto-pilot mode.
  • Bad habits (e.g. addiction) are easy to develop, but difficult to quit.
  • Habitual Kamma (e.g. meditating every day) is important.


  • Grapevine says that U Po Sa would recite “Mora Sutta” (Daung Min Payeik) before going for a daily morning walk along Inya Road with his close friends.
  • Knowing U Po Sa’s habit, the kidnappers waited in the early morning and kidnapped him.
  • U Po Sa got free. Some attributed his release to Habitual Kamma (e.g. recital of the Mora Sutta).

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