A couple of weeks back, I wrote this post about the importance of rewarding yourself when you’re trying to start a good habit…or break a bad habit. This is basic brain science.
Naturally, good habits can be their own reward, but most of us benefit from extra reinforcement!
A couple of people have reached out to ask me for ideas for rewards. One of them was looking for ways to reward himself for losing weight and reaching weight loss milestones. Rewards can really work as motivation and inspiration for accomplishments as well as support for daily habits.
I believe just framing something mentally as a reward can help reinforce good habits (such as exercise or writing) and help you break a bad habit (whether it’s alcohol, smoking, another addiction, or losing your temper for no very good reason.)
The first 25 on this list are small, cheap rewards–some don’t cost any money at all! Then I have 15 medium-sized rewards and 10 big ones. Some of them are also good self-care ideas.
I know not everything on this list is going to work for everyone. We all like different things, and we all have different circumstances. I hope you can find a few things here that work for you!
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