Takeaway: Not all habits are created equal. Your most important habits cause a chain reaction and influence many other parts of your life—positively or negatively. Become aware of your most important habits, and reflect on them daily.

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Not all habits are created equal. Usually, your most important habits set off a chain reaction, and affect other parts of your life.

Take exercise. The immediate consequences can be a bit annoying: you feel sore, and have less time for other things. But the chain reactions that exercise sets off are easily worth it. Exercising gives you more energy for everything you do. And in the long-term, it boosts your happiness levels and even lets you live longer.

A negative habit like overeating can do the opposite. The immediate consequence is that you get to enjoy a lot of food. But the chain reactions of the habit are…

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