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The missing rewards that motivate healthy lifestyle changes

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/the-missing-rewards-that-motivate-healthy-lifestyle-changes-201603179301

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The missing rewards that motivate healthy lifestyle changes
Follow me at @srinipillay It's hard to maintain the lifestyle changes you want to make. It doesn't matter whether your goal is weight loss, exercise, normal blood sugar, or decreasing stress - research has shown that simply learning about the value of lifestyle changes is insufficient on its own to help people maintain their goals.

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It doesn’t matter whether your goal is weight loss, exercise, normal blood sugar, or decreasing stress —simply learning about the value of lifestyle changes is insufficient on its own to help people maintain their goals.

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There are 2 kinds of health rewards:

There are 2 kinds of health rewards:
  • Hedoniasuperficial pleasures such as looking good. They are more concrete and often short-lived.
  • Eudaimonia: a sense of meaning and purpose that contributes to overall well-being. 

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<p>We tend to focus on superfi...

We tend to focus on superficial rewards to motivate ourselves to achieve our goals. But rewards that contribute to our overall well-being are more helpful in maintaining our motivation in the long term for the lifestyle changes we desire.

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Attach rewards to your to do list. 
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Product Gamification

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