Thank You and Small Wins

First, we want to say thank you to those who were able to donate to our Pedometer Project. We are very excited for the process and outcome of our pilot program, which will begin in a couple of weeks. Stay tuned for updates on the program. 

Research shows that our “small wins” can lead to greater behavioral changes. What are small wins and how can we achieve them? Charles Duhigg, a New York Times reporter, describes small wins in his book “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life.” He wrote,

“Small wins are a steady application of a small advantage,” one Cornell professor wrote in 1984. ‘Once a small win has been accomplished, forces are set in motion that favor another small win.’ Small wins fuel transformative changes by leveraging tiny advantages into patterns that convince people that bigger achievements are within reach.

When we try to change our behavior to do something right everyday, we form good habits. These good habits have the potential to change our lives and even our children’s lives. 

A new weekly podcast called “Happier with Gretchen Rubin,” just began airing three weeks ago. Rubin is a writer who studies happiness and good habits. Her podcast gives listeners weekly tips on developing good habits. What’s so great about her podcast episodes is that she does not give general advice such as eating more fruits and vegetables or exercising everyday. Instead, she talks about achievable small behavioral changes we can make everyday to create small wins. 

Here is a list of episodes that have aired so far. You can learn how to: