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How can I use rewards to improve my health behaviors?

Sheri D. Pruitt
Psychology
We know from behavioral science that a new behavior needs to be rewarded frequently in order for it to become a permanent habit.

To reward yourself for changing health habits:
  • Decide on the reward before you start to make changes in your behavior.
  • Determine when and how often you will treat yourself.
  • Include your rewards on your monitoring chart and post it where you'll see it every day.
  • Make sure that your rewards occur frequently in the beginning. For example, don't spend a month exercising before you get a reward. Small, frequent treats, such as a brief chat with a friend on the phone or taking the time to watch the sunset, are especially important in the beginning.
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