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  • Jennifer Talbott

    Great starting points here! Jane McGonigal gave a fantastic TED talk about gamifying your life, and how she created a game to help her get through an illness: http://youtu.be/lfBpsV1Hwqs

  • Lee Waters

    It was my understanding that conditional rewards as habit builders were out of fashion because they rely too much on external motivations. When that motivation disappears, so does the good habit. It goes "extinct," I believe they all it. Perhaps it would be better to focus on building intrinsic motivation to do a task for its own sake.

  • Russell Warner

    This reminds me of this token that my roommates and I had in college. Four of us shared an apartment, and one of us found this weird, old antique token. On one side it said, "Ya' done good" and on the other "Zone M." Somewhere on it was the Kroger logo. I have no idea what part that token once played in some condescending employee incentive program, but we took to giving it to each other when one of us did well on an exam, got a girl's number, fixed something in the apartment, etc. After a while it was a really cherished object and, as silly as it was, it always felt like a big deal to get the "Zone M" chip!

    • Len Kendall

      I love this. I feel like sometimes because of digital tools we forget to invent these type of "valuable" objects. Especially in romantic relationships.

  • Laurel Miltner

    Really enjoy the thought behind this article, Len. A couple things it brought to mind that you may appreciate:

    * Chuck Klosterman on guilty pleasures - http://www.esquire.com/features/chuck-klostermans-america/ESQ1104-NOV_AMERICA (you can stop before the Clay Aiken part)
    * My Life as an Experiment - http://www.amazon.com/My-Life-Experiment-Becoming-Washington/dp/B004KAB4GA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1375903189&sr=8-1&keywords=my+life+as+an+experiment

    - @laurelmackenzie

    • Len Kendall

      But what if Clay Aiken is one of my guilty pleasures? :)