What motivates us?

August 18, 2008

According to Dr. Dean Ornish, it’s “the joy of living.” In a recent article in Newsweek magazine, Ornish compares the motivational value of fear versus joy — and joy wins. “Joy of living is a more powerful and much more sustainable motivator than fear of living,” Ornish writes. But the key word is “sustainable.” Fear can serve as a powerful short-term motivator, he concludes, but in the long term, it cannot endure.

I highly recommend this article.


One comment

  1. Thanks for the tip, Cindy. Ornish has always made good sense, and once again, I agree with his philosophy that love and joy are the best motivators. When I strive to make improvements — diet and lifestyle changes — I do so because they make me feel better, and not so much because I’m fearful of disease (although this IS a factor). What sustains me or keeps me on the path is the sense of joy and mastery, as the article suggests.

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