Thursday, 9 April 2015
Fake fry-ups, smart steps and kind cops - the power of politeness
I've always believed that carrots are more powerful (and tastier) than sticks. You can force kids to eat fruit or you can make fruit fun:
(That's peach yoghurt, a tinned peach half and apple batons - want to make 'banana dolphins'? Check out this earlier shedpost)
You can 'nudge' people towards behaving in a more responsible way without being aggressive or official. Like footmarks on an escalator that suggest which side you should stand on.
Incidentally, having a set of green footprints marked on the floor leading to a litter bin has been shown to reduce dropped litter by up to 35%.
Humans respond to kindness and they remember kind acts towards them as it's a pleasurable sensation; it encourages a repeat of the same behaviour that led to the reward. Which is why I love this story (see video above) about New Hampshire police officers dishing out citations for good behaviour. And free pizza!
As Bill Murray once said: 'The world is full of nice people. If you can’t find one, be one.'
The book has had a terrific little jump to 72% in just a few days.
Let's keep up the momentum you lovely people!
(My thanks to Ruth Curtis - @rutitoottoots on Twitter - for the police story)