Habits 101— Your Curated PodCourse

A curated selection of podcasts to help you learn about building and breaking habits. Made by a habit expert.

Samuel Salzer
Behavioral Design Hub
4 min readAug 16, 2020


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Welcome to this PodCourse, curated by me, Samuel Salzer. I love to create content that makes valuable insights democratized and more easily attained. This is the first part in a series of PodCourses that I’m developing for my newsletter Habit Weekly on themes and concepts from behavioral design and beyond. Be sure to let me know if you liked this concept and find the selection useful by clapping away on the left 👏👏👏.

You can listen to the Full PodCourse on Spotify here or you can browse the selection of podcast episodes below. Happy listening and habit building!

— Samuel Salzer

Creatures of Habit: With Guests Wendy Wood, Angela Duckworth & Stephan Kesting

This episode of Choiceology with Katy Milkman takes a look at the power of habit in shaping our behavior — for the better and for the worse. This is a great first step into the world of habit formation.

HABITS: How to Let Go of The Old and Bring in the New

Why is it so hard to break bad habits and replace them with good ones? You may think it all comes down to willpower. But social psychologist Wendy Wood says that if you really want to change your life, then you need to tap into your unconscious mind. Wood, who’s just written a book called “Good Habits, Bad Habits,” chats with Next Big Idea Club curator and host of TED’s Work Life Podcast Adam Grant about harnessing the science of habit formation to make positive changes that last.

Creatures of Habit

In this episode of the Making Sense with Sam Harris podcast, Sam speaks with James Clear about habit formation. They discuss the difference between creating good habits and discontinuing bad ones, the role of the environment, the misalignment between immediate and long term outcomes, the remembering self vs the experiencing self, goals vs systems, the compounding of incremental gains, the role of attention, the four laws of behavior change, “temptation bundling,” and other topics.

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BJ Fogg: Create Lasting Change

Behavior scientist and author of Tiny Habits, BJ Fogg, joins the Knowledge Project to discusses improving decision making, motivation trends, and, of course, habits. How we make them, how we break them, how emotions and story impact them and what motivates us.

Bad Habits — You Are Not So Smart

In this episode, Dr. Jud Brewer, a neuroscientist and addiction psychiatrist, discusses bad habits and how to change them.

He is the author of The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love — Why We Get Hooked and how We Can Break Bad Habits — and his TED Talk on how to change a bad habit has more than 12 million views.

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How to Kick Bad Habits (and Start Good Ones)

Laurie Santos explores bad habits and the insights we know from research that can help people to finally kick them to the curb.

Introducing the Habit Canvas — Adventures in Behaviour Change

I joined Katie Elliott to introduce the Habit Canvas — a one-page tool that can help you easily craft a science-backed plan towards building lasting habits and achieving your personal goals.

Create your own Habit Canvas below or learn more by clicking here.

Please clap 👏👏 if you find this PodCourse helpful. Thanks!

Samuel Salzer is a behavioral strategist, author & keynote speaker specializing in helping value-driven organizations around the world to create habit-forming products and services using insights from behavioral economics and applied behavioral science.

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Samuel Salzer
Behavioral Design Hub

Behavioral designer, author and keynote speaker. Helping organizations create habit forming products. Curator for the popular newsletter www.HabitWeekly.com