Unconditional love is a swell idea yet admit it. Aren’t there times you’d like to change someone’s behavior? Get them to act right, like you. Or perhaps you’d like to drop a bad habit. Then learn how to “nudge.”
That’s a situational prompt that sways people to change.
For example, the traditional approach to getting drivers to reduce speed are those portable signs stationed at the side of the street, showing how fast you are driving. This is a shame or fear-based method. Instead, evoke pride or humor – or make it easier to do the right thing. In places in the UK, those signs don’t just tell drivers their speed. They smile at cars under the limit, and frown at cars over the limit.
Make the Right Option More Pleasurable Than the Other One
To encourage people to get more exercise by taking the stairs instead of the elevator, one inventive group made the stairs sunnier and another made it more fun (piano to walk (evoking piano notes) than stand on the elevator.
Appeal to Our Better Nature
Make it Easier to Do the Right Thing
If you worked for an organization that offered automatic payroll deduction for savings you’d be much more likely to save if the system was one where you had to opt-out than how they usually are set up – you must opt in to save. So discovered the authors of Nudge.
What nudge will you try to improve behavior – yours or others?