YouTube is the perfect venue to show the results of experiments where fun was added to some mundane task to get people to change in spite of themselves. Piano stairs is an experiment to simulate a piano keyboard next to an escalator in attempt to get people to climb instead of ride. World's deepest garbage bin tries to get passersby to use a bin that makes a plunging sound when they toss their trash. Bottle bank arcade adds a video gamesque identity to a returnable bottle receptacle to increase recycling. In all instances these masterminds increased the use of their target by adding an element of fun.
What fun can you add to the change you are trying to make? Of course, fun is in the eye of the beholder, but just think of the possibilities that might meet your fun quotient.
- Can you have that tough conversation you've been putting off for years with your significant other by conducting it on a swing set? Can you both dress up in clown costumes before you talk?
- Can you encourage yourself to exercise by adding a buddy to your routine, commit to dancing or laughter yoga to get the endorphins moving and establish a habit?
- Can you coax yourself to work on your creative projects by decorating the space with balloons and crepe paper? Can you have your children paint the walls to add an element of fun?
- Can you get yourself to eat healthier by setting up your meals in rainbow colors?
Go ahead, be silly, make some change.