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1 year from now?

Saturday, January 19, 2013

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  • v DNRAE1
    I started my new year with this Winter Challenge, and appreciate your leadership in the Daisies! Without the dedication of all you leaders, we wouldn't do nearly as well as we do! Thank you! emoticon
    1215 days ago
  • v NANCY1964
    This is a really true and very interesting post, Leslie.

    I heard about some research recently by Keith Chen, a behavioral economist at Yale, that might be relevant. Chen is studying the relationship between language and saving money. He's found that people who speak "futureless" languages (languages in which there is no real differentiation between verb tenses) are far more likely to save money than people who speak languages that differentiate past, present, and future. The same relationship holds for other behaviors like diet, exercise, and risky health behavior.

    Chen believes the explanation is as follows: People whose language expresses a future tense can more likely postpone behavior that is related to future outcomes because our language "cleaves" future outcomes from present behavior; alternatively, people whose language does not differentiate verb tense both speak and live in the "now" and are therefore more likely to engage in "good behavior" in the "now." Fascinating!

    So, anyway, although it is very, very true that a year from now, we'll all be happier if we start engaging in healthy behavior today (and stick with it), our language may discourage us from doing so. I'm thinking about this a lot and planning on reading Chen's research (I just saw his TED talk and his website) to see if I can figure out a way around this conundrum!
    1219 days ago
  • v OAKBORN
    Good thought, thanks for sharing!

    1249 days ago
  • v LESLIE_2B_LESS
    Just was hoping to inspire more people to start today and not wait!
    1255 days ago
  • v CAT-IN-CJ
    Just after 3 months, I'm already so glad I started that first day of October!
    Wooohooo!

    How's it going?
    1255 days ago
  • v LTMURPHY7



    How true!!!!!!!
    1256 days ago
  • v NITTINNANA
    A year from now, I'll be glad I already started!
    1256 days ago
  • v PEGTIGER
    Love it!
    1256 days ago
  • v DTSOBEL
    No truer words where ever said.
    1256 days ago
  • v PEACEJENN
    Oh that's the truth! But it's a good thing that you started already! :)
    1257 days ago
  • v LOLOSMOMMY
    So true! emoticon
    1257 days ago
  • v FISHINGLADY66
    That is so right. We can do it right now. emoticon
    1257 days ago
  • v DOINITRIGHT2012
    I'm with you...and starting emoticon
    1257 days ago
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