The Happy Meal Effect
I was reading an article this week that was SOO interesting! It was about The Happy Meal Effect, which is an experiment that tested if people would choose a larger meal over a smaller meal with a non-food incentive. Guess what they found?
Both kids and adults picked the smaller meal with a non-food incentive. So like the famous McDonald’s Happy Meal, the scientists gave kids a toy as the incentive and adults a lottery ticket.
All of this to say, when you want to encourage your kids, spouse or yourself to live healthier, give a non-calorie incentive. This way you all don’t associate good behavior with food. Celebrate those big accomplishments by giving your kids more playtime or treat yourself to a new piece of workout clothing or headphones! Come up with an incentive that works for your family, and let me know if it works for you guys by commenting below.