Habits can be terrible or a wonderful thing. It depends on how they are built. Mindless habits are generally risky. One gets into smoking, drinking or drugs on the basis of conformism and impulse, without any prior thought, and the result is a change in life that could be fatal. The habits that are positive and to be cherished are the product of a series of triadic events. Let me explain.
Three-stage thinking involves at the most elementary level a reality, an index and some practical result. The reality is whatever issue or event you want to consider. The index is an ethical list of ontological values: tolerance, helpfulness, democracy and non-idolatry. The conclusion of the triadic thinking process is the submission of the meeting of reality and the ethical index to the demands of truth and beauty. This is the aesthetic expression and action that ensues from the consideration. You will find a thorough explanation of this process in the book “Changing Your Heart and Mind” which is the first in the series of Triadic Philosophy works in my Kindle collection. The point of introducing this here is to make clear that this conscious thought process can facilitate a move toward the creation of new and evolving habits
To get to a good habit should be high on the dance card of individuals who are thoughtful. A good habit is essentially something that requires no thought preamble. It is just something we do because it makes sense. Once it is in place and practiced, we do not need to think.