September 12, 2012
My interest in habits and rituals as a form of self-improvement generally picked up when I was first introduced to Buddhism roughly four years ago. I think the largest social problems that exist today are rooted in the unhealthiness of our society. Good health is the product of small adjustments and choices made over a long period of time. I want to understand habit formation and personal identity to the extent I have a fuller appreciate for why and how people make decisions to be healthy or not.
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No time now. But the gem of an insight I discovered was people evolve at the rate of the community they are plugged into, which is why I think habit engineering really boils down to engineering one's environment.
I already applied to this group for the business profile of transhumantimes.com. We have a feed of meetups that our subscribers would likely be interested in. But the same folks still hold: members of either or both the calm technology lab or the persuasive tech lab at Stanford.
There are several locations on campus that are available to students at no cost. I think the most attractive and accessible would likely be the Elliot Programming Center on Lake Lagunita.
I'm a student at Stanford University and the iOS engineer for a personal health analytics startup. I think that creating a experience which affords users the opportunity to take on a healthy identity requires habit creation.