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What are examples of ways to trigger yourself to keep healthy habits?

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You need a trigger that you'll notice, preferably at the time you've set to do the habit. To trigger yourself to drink water, for instance, you could:

  • Create a time on your calendar to "meet" with a glass of water.
  • Associate your habit with something you do every day. Whenever you turn on water to wash your hands, for example, use it to trigger you to drink water.

SOURCES:

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, February 2009.

Kessler, D. , Rodale Books, 2009. The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite

Nutrition Action Health Letter: “Food Illusions: Why We Eat More Than We Think,” March 2004.

Fogg, B. Persuasive Technology Lab, Stanford University: “A Behavior Model for Persuasive Design,” 2009.

The Stanford Behavior Wizard: "GreenPath Behavior Overview;" "BluePath Behavior Overview;" and "PurplePath Behavior Overview."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on April 15, 2018

SOURCES:

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, February 2009.

Kessler, D. , Rodale Books, 2009. The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite

Nutrition Action Health Letter: “Food Illusions: Why We Eat More Than We Think,” March 2004.

Fogg, B. Persuasive Technology Lab, Stanford University: “A Behavior Model for Persuasive Design,” 2009.

The Stanford Behavior Wizard: "GreenPath Behavior Overview;" "BluePath Behavior Overview;" and "PurplePath Behavior Overview."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on April 15, 2018

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