How to Help People Break a Bad Habit (or Start a Good Habit)—Even if They Don’t Want To

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Belinda Borrelli, a professor of health policy and health services research at Boston University’s Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, is an expert in motivating the unmotivated. Through her research, she has found that in order to help people break bad habits or start good habits, it is important to show them that the effort will be worth it, and to match their treatment plan to their readiness to act. Her latest projects are exploring the impact of virtual reality (VR) and text messages on curbing unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, vaping, and poor oral health. Read full article here

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