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How To Reward Yourself | 30 Ideas to Reward Yourself

Updated on February 21, 2015

When you have taken a positive step to self-improvement, or when you have accomplished a goal or a milestone towards a long term goal, you deserve to feel proud of yourself, celebrate and give yourself a treat or reward.

It is always a challenge in making life-changing decisions as it requires you to step out of your comfort zone. One such important decision is a change in lifestyle and making it healthier. This requires a lot of discipline, perseverance and persistence in altering your diet, exercise at the gym, quitting smoking, reduce alcoholic intake, and so on. Yet, such a decision has strong impact on your life in a positive way, especially in the long run. Is making such a decision and meeting the goal impossible? It will be difficult, but it is not impossible. Many people have done it. Among the people who have made it, some experience a relapse. Relapse can be avoided by rewarding yourself every time you accomplish a milestone towards a desired healthy lifestyle change.

If you are on a weight-loss program, when you have met mini-goal, reward yourself. That will make your weight-loss journey more pleasant. If you don't celebrate and reward yourself for small success, you will feel your long-term weight-loss goal seems so far away. You may feel despair or be tempted to give up. Having little stops to celebrate along the way makes that journey less difficult and your goal more likely to accomplish.

Below are my “personal goodies basket” which I use to reward myself occasionally for my hard work, discipline and perseverance for achieving my target or goal in life. You can create your own personal goodies basket to motivate yourself too.

Here is how : Make a list of things you enjoy. For each little success, reward yourself with choices from your basket. Each person’s satisfaction varies. Consider what would really please you. For a change, put yourself first. INDULGE. SPOIL YOURSELF. You have conquered yourself. You deserve it.

Affordable or Free Rewards

1) Indulge myself in watching my favourite movie or drama series

2) Buy a book from my favourite author online and indulge in reading

3) Spend an hour working in my flower and vegetables garden

4) Relax in bubble bath in my own sweet time

5) Take time to write a letter

6) Spend an afternoon at my favourite museum or gallery

7) Take a walk through a nice park

8) Cook something nice in the kitchen

9) Light some candles and listen to some really nice music

10) Savor a celebratory glass of wine with nice dinner

11) Take a nap

12) Take a day off from any goaled activities

13) Get myself a nice haircut

14) Invite my good friends to a small gathering at my house


Moderately Expensive Rewards

15) Go for a short vacation by the sea or above the mountain

16) Get a massage, manicure, pedicure or facial

17) Have lunch at my favourite restaurant with my loved ones

18) Have my favourite coffee with dessert or ice-cream at a cozy Cafe

19) Go shopping and buy something really nice or special for myself

20) Attend a live concert of your favourite singers

21) Watch an orchestra performance

22) Splurge on a bottle of expensive wine Champagne with my loved one


Luxurious Rewards

23) Go for Spa Treatment

24) Buy and wear something really nice for an expensive dinner

25) Make a long distance call to my good old friend

26) Buy myself a nice jewellery

27) Buy myself an elegant and beautiful evening gown

28) Devote the entire day to a shopping spree

29) Go for a cruise to nowhere

30) Sign up for an expensive holiday package staying in a luxurious hotel by the lake or sea

Keep it short and sweet. After that, go back and continue your marathon run towards your goal immediately.


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    • kerlund74 profile image


      6 years ago from Sweden

      I like this idea, to reward myself when accomplished something. Great lists and good that you offer different activities depending on economic status:)

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      Jessee R 

      8 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      I think rewarding oneself with a slight bit of luxury is quite important in the busy lives nowadays

      I keep my rewards for Saturday night... sometimes music.. sometimes drinks... books.. friend.. but the best for me is

      sleeping on my cozy bed till late Sunday morning

    • snowdrops profile image


      8 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      well written. Thumbs up.

      thanks for the reminders, i kinda missed time with myself lately.

    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 

      8 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Thanks for reminding me to reward myself sometimes. I like the way you reward yourself. The best thing for me is to go to a spa. Thanks for SHARING.

    • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Thank you, KimberlyAnn. I like the way you reward yourself. :)

    • KimberlyAnn26 profile image


      10 years ago

      Well written Hub. These are some great ideas to rewarding yourself. I reward myself by taking a bath and writing in my journal.

    • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      My pleasure, Jason. Perhaps you can write and share your experience on your new hub. :)

    • jasonycc profile image


      10 years ago from South East Asia

      You are really good at connecting the dots. And I am having a great time trying out some of your ideas above. Terima Kasih.

    • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      :) A large slice of cake... Cheesecake, mud pie ... all the super sinful ? lol...

    • CMHypno profile image


      10 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Unfortunately I tend to reward myself with a large slice of cake, so I need to start using some of your strategies Ingenira

    • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      thanks, healingrose.

    • healingrose profile image


      10 years ago from Northern California

      Great hub :)

    • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Hi Jason, thanks for the continuous support and encouraging words. Now I know why you often have fabulous hubs on vacation. :)

    • jasonycc profile image


      10 years ago from South East Asia

      I think the best way to reward myself for accomplishing a goal is a vacation. A total spa treatment will be great too. Sometimes we are so busy with life that we forget we need to be rewarded. Thanks for this reminder. You have shared so many wonderful ideas in this hub, some I have yet to try.

    • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Treasures, glad to see you again. Thanks for reading and commenting. :)

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      Sima Ballinger 

      10 years ago from Michigan

      I like these ideas Ingenira. Thanks for the reminder to "take care of me". Vote up and Beautiful!

    • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Thanks, Spider Girl. :)

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      Spider Girl 

      10 years ago from the Web

      Very nice ideas! Rated awesome :)

    • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      thanks, lctodd1947. I love those diamonds too. I think we should reward ourselves with those when we have accomplised a huge goal, yeah ?

    • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Thanks, Minnetonka Twin, for being the first to comment. Yes, sometimes we forget to stop for a while and reward ourself before we continue the journey. When that happened, the journey is tougher, and one may give up half way.

    • lctodd1947 profile image

      Linda Todd 

      10 years ago from Charleston

      Very nice information and I love diamonds...they are forever. Thanks for the splurging tips.

    • Minnetonka Twin profile image

      Linda Rogers 

      10 years ago from Minnesota

      I think it is so important to reward ourselves when we're working at making positive changes in our lives. I think its' easy to forget this and it does make the journey more fun. thx


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