Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Make Boring Chores More Enjoyable with Random Positive Reinforcement

Little, unpredictable rewards can turn a dreary, dreaded task into something you actually look forward to. "Softwarepreneur" Assaf Lavie writes on his superbly named Super Fun Time Happy Blog how he's hacked his brain to enjoy washing the dishes—something he used to postpone as much as possible. The secret: Podcasts. More importantly, there are two parts to this strategy. First, he listens to podcasts only when washing the dishes, so the positive association is stronger. Second, not every podcast episode is entertaining or rewarding, so the positive reinforcement is more random... more

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