Eat vegetables because they taste good, not because they’re good for you. Drink green tea for its exotic evocations, not its health benefits. Exercise for the joy of movement or social connection, not to burn calories.
Among her studies in consumer behavior, Agrawal has examined the challenges to and opportunities for healthier living.
Noting that processed foods generally trump whole foods when it comes to marketing, she suggests that living a sustainably healthy life requires viewing health-inducing behaviors from a different perspective.
“The primary association with healthy things should not be health,” Agrawal says. “That should be incidental.”
Building a positive experience around them is what creates healthy habits in the long run.
Read the full “Whole U” post here.
Read Agrawal’s advice on keeping healthy resolutions here.