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5 Surprising Tips To Increase Your Motivation Immediately

See some green

Surrounding yourself with a bit of green provides a boost in motivation; and also that a glimpse of the color green sparks creativity.

A researcher hypothesized that seeing green makes people think of growth. It’s taken as a cue that we can improve task mastery and that we have room to grow.

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Strike a high-power pose

Body language affects not just how you’re perceived by others, but also your internal body chemistry.

A high-power pose usually means having your body open rather than hunched up. That means chest out, arms spread, no slouch. Most simply, it means that you try to take up a great deal of space.

A fresh start

You can give yourself a fresh start anytime. By doing so, you’re going to have a burst of energy.

These “intertemporal markers” encourage us in two ways: by making people disconnect from past failures, and by promoting a big-picture view of life.

Eat some chocolate

  • It increases both serotonin, a neurotransmitter that promotes calm, and also phenylethylamine, which promotes stimulation. White chocolate does both even more intensely.
  • It triggers a release of dopamine, which will elevate your heart rate and significantly increase motivation.
  • It also results in a mild antidepressant effect, literally because your brain responds to the stimulants by promoting blissful emotions.

Other dopamine-inducing foods that can help maintain a healthy diet: blueberries, spirulina, and fish high in Omega-3 fats.

Write a contract

Write an informal contract will help achieve goals and form new habits. Put up some money, say $50, and if you succeed, you get your money back; if you fail, then your friend donates the $50 to a charity of your choice.

It works like Commitment devices. It changes this up so that choosing what feels good in the short run gets more costly. In addition, it requires that you set a concrete goal.

See some green

Surrounding yourself with a bit of green provides a boost in motivation; and also that a glimpse of the color green sparks creativity.

A researcher hypothesized that seeing green makes people think of growth. It’s taken as a cue that we can improve task mastery and that we have room to grow.

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