We all know that things like yoga and meditation can help us to become healthier people, but most of us lack the motivation and the discipline it takes to continually get those things done. Life gets in the way and we tend to focus on the things that have to get done, giving them priority over the things that should get done.
What if there were a way to reward people for doing things that are good for them? Well now there is, and it is all thanks to the blockchain.
What Is A Blockchain?
Blockchain is a technology that cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are built on, but that’s not the only application for it. The blockchain can also be used to make smart contracts, to keep records safe, and to do basically anything that can be expressed in code in a decentralized way. The applications for wellness include apps and gamified wellness solutions, but there is also an opening for a cryptocurrency that pays people to engage in healthier behaviors.
Rewards Are Rewarding
A few years ago everyone was getting really into how many steps they were getting each day. At first basic pedometers helped people keep track of their numbers, and even some fast food places were giving them away with your lunch purchase.
Then that evolved into health monitors that were connected to your smartphone that could track these things long-term and tell you about patterns. This is significant because it really illustrates well how even the slightest reward can make something as dull as taking enough steps in a day more fun and interesting.
Now imagine applying a monetary reward to healthful behaviors. Did you meditate today? Here’s a quarter. Go for a run? Here’s a buck. A study has shown that sedentary adults are twice as likely to go for a walk when they are offered money to do so. Pretty soon the rewards for your healthful behaviors are starting to really add up and your motivation to keep going is through the roof.
Lifelong Learning Can Also Keep You Healthy
The blockchain has enabled the creation of MOOCs, or massive online open courses. Unfortunately about 90% of people who enroll in MOOCs drop out within two weeks. What’s missing? We know that continuing education keeps our minds sharp, but this type of learning may lack the rewards of real-life classrooms that come in the form of human interaction.
If you want to make MOOCs work, you have to add a little motivation to keep at it. This is where gamification and payment systems come in to play – rewards are a powerful motivator to keep doing better for yourself.
Wellness Needs A Reward Sometimes
Sure, yoga is great for you, but wouldn’t you be more likely to actually do it every day if you knew you could get a reward for it? Learn more about wellness on the blockchain from this infographic. Are you ready to change your life for the better and get rewarded for doing so?