Masterclass: Breaking Bad Habits in 2018

masterclass helps break your bad habits in 2018

Breaking a bad habit is simpler than you might think, says Dr Judson Brewer, a thought-leader in the field of habit-change and self-mastery – and the presenter of a new, hour-long “Masterclass” on “Breaking Bad Habits”, on, the meditation app just named Apple’s iPhone App of the Year for 2017.

“There’s a real science behind self-mastery and it starts with understanding how our minds work”, says Dr Brewer, a world expert in mindfulness training for overcoming addictions.

“We all have bad habits that we find are impossible to break”, he adds. “It’s because the modern day is tapping into our very old evolutionarily conserved processes that were actually set up to help us remember where food is.”

Dr Judson Brewer is a professor and researcher on mindfulness at UMass Medical School, Yale and MIT and author of the new book, The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes To Smartphones To Love – Why We Get Hooked And How We Can Break Bad Habits (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017).

His hour-long Calm Masterclass on Breaking Bad Habits is the first in a planned new monthly series of Calm Masterclasses, delivered by global experts on how Calm’s users can transform their lives in various ways.

It has three 20-minute sections or “chapters” on respectively:

  1. Awareness Of Habit Loops – made up of Trigger, Behaviour, Reward

Become aware of how we get caught up in unhealthy habit loops.

  1. Hacking Reward-Based Learning: Start to explore the outcomes, results and rewards that you’re getting from your habit and ask, ‘Is it worth it?’
  2. Rewards That Are More Rewarding: How to use mindfulness and meditation to step out of habit loops, change your behaviour and break bad habits.

“You're going to learn all sorts of things about how your mind works”, says Brewer. “And then you're going to learn about how to tap into your mind to hack that reward system, so you can take these old habits and all that energy from them and move that in a positive direction.”

“We can start to ask, ‘What do I get from this? What happens when I bring new awareness to my own experience?’”

This is a unique approach, he explains, because instead of just jumping to the behaviours and saying, ‘Oh, you should do this ... or that’, it starts with asking, ‘What is your mind like? What am I getting from these behaviours?’ And what does it feel like – what does the joy feel like – when I start to let go?”

Brewer, in short, hopes that his Calm Masterclass will help listeners break their own bad habits, start to hack into their natural, reward-based learning system and harness it for their own benefit.

“I don’t know how many of you have given up on overcoming bad habits, but for those of you who have, I say this: ‘Simply pay attention and ask this one question: What do I get from this?’ Keep doing them, but ask that question, ‘What do I get from this?’ And see what happens next.” 


APPENDIX: What is a “Calm Masterclass”?

Calm is launching its Masterclasses as a new feature, barely a year after it launched “Sleep Stories”, or bedtime stories for grown-ups, which have been a huge success, notching 33 million listens in their first 12 months. 


Calm describes its new Masterclasses as “Life-changing audio programs by world-renowned experts”.

“They are a new way of learning in-depth about a subject that is maybe too big to cover in a 10-minute meditation – and to which you want to give your full attention”, says Michael Acton Smith, co-founder and co-CEO of Calm. “You might call them an opportunity for ‘mindful learning’.”

“There are already podcasts, which you maybe listen to in, say, the gym; and there are TED talks ... and now there are Calm Masterclasses, which you sit down and listen to properly because you really want to learn.”

Future Calm Masterclasses will cover everything from anxiety to depression, sleep, eating, fear of flying, pregnancy – and more.  


Video Trailer Of Dr Judson Brewer’s New Calm Masterclass On “Breaking Bad Habits”:

Calm Masterclass: Breaking Bad Habits with Judson Brewer (Landscape)

Calm Masterclass: Breaking Bad Habits with Judson Brewer (Portrait)

Or, as YouTube links: (Landscape) (Portrait)

• Photographs of Judson Brewer:

About Dr Brewer: Judson Brewer MD PhD is a thought-leader in the field of habit change and the “science of self-mastery”, having combined over 20 years of experience with mindfulness training with his scientific research therein. An expert in mindfulness training for overcoming addictions, he has developed novel treatments to help individuals with substance abuse and eating disorders. He is a professor and researcher at UMass Medical School, where he is Director of Research the Center for Mindfulness, and MIT, he has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, trained US Olympic coaches, and his work has been featured on 60 Minutes, TED (6,000,000+ views; 4th most viewed talk of 2016), TEDMED, TEDx, Time magazine (top 100 new health discoveries of 2013), Forbes, BBC, NPR, Businessweek and others. He is the author of a praised new book, The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes To Smartphones To Love – Why We Get Hooked And How We Can Break Bad Habits (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017).

• About Calm: 

Calm is an app available in both the App Store and Google Play store. It has just been named Apple’s iPhone App of the Year. It is the leader in the meditation space, with over 15 million downloads to date and an average of 40,000 new users daily.

Founded in 2012 by British entrepreneurs Michael Acton Smith and Alex Tew, Calm has a mission to make the world healthier and happier through the superpowers of calm, and eventually become a “Nike for the mind”. “Sleep Stories”, the first bedtime tales for adults, were launched by Calm in December 2016, and have since been listened to 33 million times. #SleepStory. Calm has also launched a book called Calm and published by Penguin that became a bestseller in the UK, won rave reviews in the US and has since been published in over a dozen countries. In July 2017, Calm was found by a study of 200,000 iPhone users by and, to be the world’s happiest app – as in the single app that left people feeling happiest after spending time on it.

Calm is free to download and includes a collection of meditations, Sleep Stories, soothing nature scenes and a breathing tool.

A subscription to Calm Premium which unlocks 70+ Sleep Stories, advanced mindfulness programs, a new meditation every day,  and now a new Calm Masterclass every month, costs:

• U.S. $12.99/month; $59.99/year; $299.99/lifetime. • UK: £9.99/month; £35.99/year; £299.99/lifetime.








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