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Breaking Bad Habits with Stickk.com

From: Karen Fritsche
Length: 04:28

Want to quit a bad habit? Put a contract out on yourself. Read the full description.

Mediumstickklogo_small So you want to quit a bad habit. Lots of people do. But would you bet money that you have the will power to do it??? Would you bet a LOT of money??? A couple of Yale professors say if you want to succeed, you should. Contributor Karen Fritsche (FRICH-ee) put their theory to the test ? :

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So you want to quit a bad habit. Lots of people do. But would you bet money that you have the will power to do it??? Would you bet a LOT of money??? A couple of Yale professors say if you want to succeed, you should. Contributor Karen Fritsche (FRICH-ee) put their theory to the test ? :

Broadcast History

Aired on 89.3 KPCC, March 31, 2008.
Aired on WBUR's Here and Now, March 31, 2008.
Slated to air soon on Sound Medicine, the weekly talk radio show sponsored by the IU School of Medicine.
Chosen to be part of the PRX/NPR Podcast Showcase (May 7).

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So you want to quit a bad habit. Lots of people do. But would you bet money that you have the will power to do it??? Would you bet a LOT of money??? A couple of Yale professors say if you want to succeed, you should.

Contributor Karen Fritsche (FRICH-ee) put their theory to the test ? :


[Sound of match being struck, cigarette being lit]

I have a confession to make. I am ? a closet smoker. Most of my friends don?t know it. I?ve very gotten good at hiding. But I?m a sucker for a good cigarette.

[Sound of exhale]

I smoked as a teenager and all through college, then quit for ten years. But after a bad breakup, I was in a bar ? and, well ? I?ve been playing with fire ever since. Rough day at work? Bum a smoke. Cat dies? Buy a pack.

I tried quitting cold turkey. Tried the 12-step Nicotine Anonymous program. Tried hypnosis. Kept on smokin...
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