Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Fun Theory...

I saw this video today and it got me thinking. The premise is that something as simple as fun is the easiest way to change people's behavior for the better. In this case -taking the stairs instead of the escalator.

It's true, isn't it? As a math teacher I do it all the time. It's not always easy to turn around a bad attitude regarding math, but bring out the jump ropes, paints, and blocks (and I'm not talking about for the little kids), and suddenly I'm hearing "When can we do this again?" We hope our toddlers get out of diapers by giving them a target to hit or rewarding them with M&Ms. We sit down to fold laundry and turn on a good movie to keep us entertained. Even Cinderella whistled while she worked.

I think Volkswagen has it right: If you want make a change in people's behavior, make it fun!

6 comments:

Rena said...

That is SO COOL! 66% -- wow!

Nora MacFarlane said...

I think so too. If you go to their site, there's another fun video about getting people to throw their trash in the trash can. Their facial expressions are a riot!

Bish Denham said...

Amazing! Wonderful! I think I would have called it the Fun Principle.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

That just makes me smile. Thanks for passing that along!

adrienne said...

That made my morning!

Lilfix said...

I love this! This is why the Wii is so popular...people want to have fun...Thanks for sharing!