The Habit Society

⚡️ Electrify your morning

To: Society Members

Good Morning!

The new look is finally here. I’ll give you a tour of what you’ll find in your inbox every Monday from now on:

First, we have the good ol’ content that everyone’s looking for—’Society Scoop’ filled with practical info on how to stick to habits for a happier life. Then comes, ‘The Profile’, where we dive into an impressive person’s life, exploring their daily rituals. Next, we have ‘The Podium’, where we feature a brave member who wants to be held accountable for a new habit by all of us. And finally, ‘The Exhibit’, where we present you with cool things we stumble upon.

Anyway, keep reading. You’ll see.

– ⚡️ Nikki

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Cold As Ice

In today’s Scoop, I convince you to end your showers with super cold temps to electrify your mornings. Here I go.

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Tried & Tested

I assume that you don’t associate the phrase ‘cold shower’ with words like pleasant, relaxing, or necessary…until now. Cold showers can be all of these things and more if you’re brave enough to give them a chance.

Cold showers have been tried and tested for generations. Before the modern-day spa,
Romans were spending their PTO days in the Frigadarium, large pools of various temperatures, progressing from warm to extremely cold temperatures. Why? They were said to have healing powers. If these healing powers can be backed up by science, I’ll believe it.

The Science

A study done by the National Institute of Health wanted to determine the effects of hot-to-cold showers added to people’s routines. 3018 participants between the ages of 18 to 65 ended their showers with freezing temperatures for thirty consecutive days.

The results? 29% reduction in sickness absence at work. And get this, cold showers coupled with physical activity lead to a 54% reduction in sickness absences. The participants’ most commonly reported benefit was an increase in energy levels. But, the most indicative statistic on the benefits of cold showers is that 94% of participants continued to take them once the study was done, despite the uncomfortable sensation.

I’ve recently implemented this cold jolt into my morning routine. I’ll gladly admit, the first one isn’t easy. But just like every death on Game of Thrones, it gets less shocking each time.

If you are having trouble pulling the figurative (and kinda literal) trigger, picture yourself on the other side. This technique may help you get there.

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Other Benefits

In a study run by the NIH, the evidence showed that exposure to cold water activates the sympathetic nervous system, increases the synaptic release of noradrenaline in the brain, and increases the blood level of beta-endorphin. I promised you no complicated jargon, so to put that in plain English: you’ll feel awake, activated, and happier.

It’s shown to improve circulation, help fight off common illnesses, and give you glowy a** skin. Research also shows that tackling a challenge like that first thing in the morning sets a precedent for the rest of the day.

Brb, going to shower.

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Jerry Seinfeld

In this section, we explore the daily routines of people who probably have their sh*t together.

Profile: Jerry Seinfeld

Today, we profile one of the most successful people in his field, comedian Jerry Seinfeld.

Ritual: the ‘Don’t Break the Chain’ Technique

In order to be the best joke teller, you have to, well, tell the best jokes. And just like any other craft, you master it by practice. Jerry knew that in order to become the best comedian of his generation, he had to write every. single. day.

So, he bought a yearly wall calendar, accompanied by a red marker. Every new day that he wrote, he drew an X on the calendar so as not to ‘break the chain’. This calendar acted as Seinfeld’s reward system. Drawing an X and seeing his progress fuelled his accomplishment bug.

His goal was not to write each day, it was to keep the chain going. Yes, in order to keep the chain going he had to write. But the daunting, difficult task of disciplinarily writing each day is more mentally exhausting than merely…keeping the chain!

It eliminates the mental block, similar to looking at an intimating to-do list and instead of starting it, lying in your bed because you don’t even know where to begin.

Quote: After a few days you’ll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You’ll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job next is to not break the chain.

Read: Life’s Work: An Interview with Jerry Seinfeld

Watch: Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill

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The Podium

You can fill out this form to tell us what you want The Habit Society to hold you accountable for. Every Monday, we will choose one reader to put on The Podium. What better way to start a new habit than with thousands of people holding you accountable?

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