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Bad Habits

Bad Habits

Date: Jul 28 2006


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Bad habits, we’ve all got them. Some of us bite our fingernails, others of us crack our knuckles. Some people have a habit of smoking, others have a habit of tardiness.

Bad habits are unhealthy behaviors that we can’t stop doing.

Listen to Amanda and Logan talk about their bad habits.


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Amanda:  Ah, for me bad habits are probably things that you choose to do that aren’t healthy for you.

Logan:  Mm hm.

Amanda:  Or that hurt you physically. Ah, I guess the epitome of a bad habit for me would be smoking.

Logan:  Mm hm.

Amanda:  And, personally, I smoked on and off since I was a teenager, and I have finally quit for the longest period of time so far.

Logan:  Mm hm.

Amanda:  So, that was my number one bad habit.

Logan:  Wow.

Amanda:  And a bad habit that I hope I can help some others quit, too.

Logan:  Yeah.

Amanda:  That’s a good one.

Logan:  I used to smoke, I mean, on weekends, especially if I go out with friends and drink and all that. I would, ah, I would smoke half a pack.

Amanda:  And isn’t that crazy?

Logan:  Yeah.

Amanda:  Everyone knows how bad it is but you still do it.

Logan:  Oh, you still do it because it’s so nonchalant, you just do it.

Amanda:  And you pay money to do it.

Logan:  Exactly.

Amanda:  Yeah.

Logan:  It’s just a habit you can’t control.

Amanda:  You pay about five dollars a pack to actually do it, and to do that to your body.

Logan:  You’re paying to hurt yourself.

Amanda:  Paying to hurt yourself, paying to get cancer.



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Bad habits come in many forms, such as grinding your teeth, smoking, overeating, thumbsucking and so on. We’ve all got our share of bad habits, and they can be extremely difficult to kick.

Here are some tips on how to get rid of a bad habit:

1. Be ready. Be truly willing and ready to change. Don’t try to quit smoking unless you really, truly are ready to quit.
2. Notice. Start noticing when you do your bad habit. Do you light up a cigarette when you’re stressed out? Do you bite your nails when you’re nervous? Pay attention to your bad habit.
3. Control. Once you’ve figured out the pattern of your bad behavior, start to control it. If you’re feeling nervous and start biting your nails, notice what you’re doing and take your finger out of your mouth.

What are your bad habits? What advice do you have for kicking bad habits?



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La Princesse de la vie


I used to bite my fingernails, but I’ve kicked it for 5 months so far. Now I have another bad one which is cracking knuckles and I don’t know how to stop this because I don’t know yet why I do so or exactly when. I just crackle my knuckles every 10 minutes. And this actually bothers me much. I hope to know a way to kick this curse >_<.

06:58 AM Jul 18 2013 |



well, the epitome of a bad habit for me is tardiness, it’s difficult to stop it but i try 

10:07 PM Oct 27 2011 |



Saudi Arabia

thats right, Ok , then ,
I’m afraid tht i can’t stop this bad habit.

07:40 AM Jan 27 2010 |

Whitney S

Whitney S


I'm a fraid I'm a shopaholic too xD

05:56 AM Jan 27 2010 |



I'm an impulse shopper. I always end up buying things that I don't even need  and they are all piled up in my room. It's been going on for so long and I haven't find a cure for it yet.  My other bad habit is procastination. I always putting thigs off. This one is really hard to kick.

10:10 AM Jan 18 2010 |



When I was in school life their in our class a student who's named Mahdi Hassan had suck his lower LIPS, and it was his regular activity, and as a result his lower lips got white than his upper lips. Teacher gave him good nagging. And all the student damn to him. At last he gave up his habbit and he shut his addiction in future.

You know

"Everything is impossible, until you makeup your mind to do it"


10:40 AM Aug 04 2007 |



I don’t SMOKE, It’s bother me. Hate it!

10:35 AM Aug 04 2007 |



Saudi Arabia

I used to smoke. It really was bad habit.

07:36 AM Jul 30 2006 |




I had a bad habit of biting my fingernails, and that made my fingers look so terrible. Now although I still do it on and off, I can just try my best to controll my uncouncious behaviors.

02:58 AM Jul 30 2006 |



Russian Federation

yeah in fact it is very challanging to give up a bad habit but thinking to continue learning english just like a bad habit would help us to keep learning it coz it would be very diffilult to quit it any more.

05:11 PM Jul 29 2006 |




I think to learn english is a long hard period.sometimes i want to give up.but i must insist on it .otherwise i will not succeed in my life .

11:39 AM Jul 28 2006 |




My younger sister used to suck her right thumbs.Her right thumb is thinner than her left’s even now.So get away from the bad habit as soon as possible.

07:17 AM Jul 28 2006 |

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