Feel More Satisfied, More Often (Part 2)

by Rachel Miller

August 12, 2022

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In part 1, we talked about how desire is based on PAST reward, and one way to feel more satisfied is to think back and recall the FULL experience of that outcome.

Here’s something else to consider:

  • When you think back to previous similar situations where you felt this desire, carefully evaluate what happened (how satisfying was it, how long did that satisfaction last), then create a principle out of those findings for what achieved the most satisfying outcome:

  • For example, perhaps looking back, you notice that you feel best when you save your alcohol for celebrations only. Maybe you notice that when you feel stressed and have a drink, it never makes you feel better, or it leads to poor decisions:
    • Create a principle for yourself: I only drink alcohol when socializing with others, or I don’t drink when I’m feeling stressed.

  • Setting principles for yourself gives you a guideline to follow when you have a sudden impulse. It eliminates the decision-making and gives you a quick, tried-and-true response to follow. It makes it EASIER to follow through in the moment of sudden desire. You have a plan in place to ensure you make the decision that ultimately satisfies you best.

If you’d like to learn HOW to implement this to create better habits easier, you can learn more here!

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