Friday, 22 February 2013

Reward yourself.

One of my favourite cartoons appeared in the New Yorker in 1993. A couple of dogs are in conversation, and the one sitting at a computer declares: 'On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog.'

I've always loved it, and it seems I'm not the only one. It even has its own Wikipedia page.

Now to the best of my knowledge dogs tend to spend little of their time on the computer (although who knows what they get up to when we're not looking?) but they can be trained to do some other pretty impressive stuff.

And the trick, apparently, when trying to persuade a pooch to adopt new behaviour is to reward them when they do.

Maybe this works in humans, too? And more particularly perhaps in you?

Very possibly there's something you could do today which might help you feel better, but ordinarily you'd put it off because it feels like too much effort.

A bit of exercise, say (a short walk would be fine). Writing a thank-you letter. Tidying some clutter at home or work.

If so, why not think like an animal trainer? Complete the action then give yourself a reward. It doesn't have to be substantial, just a little something that will pep you up. A biscuit, say.

Preferably not a dog one though.