Why Habits Matter (HabitWise Lesson #1)

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Help students create positive habits that put them in control of shaping the lives they want to live!

After watching the Lesson #1 video and completing the follow-up worksheets, students will be able to:
• Define what a habit is.
• Describe the positive and negative long-term effects that our habits can have on our lives.
• Identify the common areas of life in which people want to improve their habits.
• Make it convenient to stick to helpful habits.
• Recognize the importance of being persistent when nurturing new habits.


HabitWise is an in-class program that empowers adolescents to use the psychology of habit formation to improve their wellness, productivity, money management, and relationships. It's a critical addition to the curriculum for Health, Advisory, Guidance, Social & Emotional Learning, and Psychology.

Be sure to download all seven HabitWise lessons!

HabitWise Lesson #2: How Habits Can Help Us Reduce Stress
HabitWise Lesson #3: How Habits Can Help Us Be Healthy
HabitWise Lesson #4: How Habits Can Help Us Be Productive
HabitWise Lesson #5: How Habits Can Help Us Avoid Advertising Gimmicks
HabitWise Lesson #6: How Habits Can Help Us Improve Relationships
HabitWise Lesson #7: Independent Habit Project

Each lesson includes:
• An engaging animated video (4-7 min.) that makes it easy to introduce the concepts.
• Structured worksheets (40-50 min.) that tap prior knowledge, check comprehension, and help students connect the concepts to their own lives.
• Multiple extension activities (6-30 min.) that deepen students’ understanding of how habits affect society and our personal lives.
• A detailed teacher’s guide


HabitWise is a new program, so we're hoping to learn more about how educators are using it! If you have accessed the HabitWise resources, it would mean a lot to us if you could complete our HabitWise Teacher Survey. It's quick, and your feedback will help us continue to tailor the program to you and your students!
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