Monkey See, Monkey Do: Mirroring Healthy Behaviors
Mmm, fresh strawberries.
Monday was the first day I’ve bought them since last summer, and it wasn’t because I had a craving for them or realized it’d been too long or saw they were on sale as I passed the produce section.
Nope, it was because a friend of mine has kept her ‘fridge stocked with them for weeks now, along with other fresh produce like cherries, organic baby carrots, and leafy green spinach.
This probably doesn’t seem remarkable to you, but this particular friend of mine is not a huge fruits and veggies eater. She’s always been more of a meat-and-potatoes type of girl…
…until she started spending more time with another friend of ours who follows a more plant-based than animal-based diet.
Now, this isn’t about vegetarian or vegan diets; rather, it’s about how one person’s behavior can affect or influence another person’s behavior – in this particular case, influence that behavior in a good, healthy way.
Friend #1 watched Friend #2 eating a healthy, well-balanced diet, and it led to Friend #1 making more mindful choices at the grocery store.
(It also led to me realizing I hadn’t bought strawberries since last summer!)
Has another person’s healthy diet and exercise choices ever influenced your own?
Feel free to share the details in the comments below!
Sparks, A. (2012). Monkey See, Monkey Do: Mirroring Healthy Behaviors. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 28, 2015, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/your-mind/2012/07/monkey-see-monkey-do-mirroring-healthy-behaviors/