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Inside Baby and the Not-Bummer Summer

With ~10 weeks to go in my pregnancy, some health complications are keeping me and my husband close to home and eating bland food. Have kept us there for quite a while already, actually. How can we keep from going stir-crazy, especially at a time when I would love to be out and about? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Jun 2, 2014 - 23 answers

How can I stay motivated without concrete, guaranteed benifits?

I used to think that I was lazy, but now I find that I can be motivated, dedicated and extremely efficient...but only when there are concrete and guaranteed benifits to my actions. Right now, I want to expand my portfolio and gain some new skills for the sake of increasing my employability and maybe getting a different job. But since this goal is far-off and not guaranteed, I'm having trouble sticking to it and I've been getting nowhere. Is there a way to operate that allows my actions to have short term and guaranteed benefits? [more inside]
posted by jumelle on Aug 17, 2013 - 7 answers

Hello Mr. Blue Collar, You've Hit a Milestone!

I'm looking for ideas for anniversary gifts for 1, 3, 5, 10, and 20 year marks for employees my company. I work in a very blue collar maintenance field. Details inside! [more inside]
posted by assasinatdbeauty on Aug 14, 2013 - 28 answers

Trying to remember a quote about sleep being the greatest reward

Somewhere in the back of my brain there's a memory of a quote I once read, possibly by a Greek philosopher but just as possibly not. The quote was something about sleep (and maybe dreams?) being the greatest reward in life - that the only reason we toil through the day is to "earn" our sleep at night. [more inside]
posted by DulcineaX on Aug 7, 2013 - 4 answers

Do rewards work on anhedonics?

I want to reward myself for getting things done, but my depression poisons everything fun. Depressed Mefites, have you found any ways to self-reward that break through anhedonia? [more inside]
posted by cortisol on Feb 27, 2013 - 16 answers

Help me be nice to myself over the working day

I work alone, in an office isolated from other people with zero opportunity for social interaction. I could, if I wanted to, arrive at 8.30am, stare at a screen til 12.30pm, break from 12.30pm-1.30pm, then stare at a screen from 1.30-5.15pm.In silence. Alone. I really, really don’t want to. Help me come up with things I can do every hour to ‘break’ for a few minutes before getting back into the next hour-long block of work. [more inside]
posted by t0astie on Jan 23, 2013 - 21 answers

Good people do still exist!

A good human being is returning my lost iPhone and declining the posted reward. What's a good way to thank him? [more inside]
posted by dynamiiiite on Nov 26, 2012 - 28 answers

Will Lonesome George ever find a mate?

What are some publicly available prizes or rewards for solving really obscure / awesome problems? [more inside]
posted by CharlieSue on Jan 30, 2012 - 9 answers

Giving a reward for a found item?

Giving a reward to a fellow employee for finding a lost item? [more inside]
posted by HopperFan on Jan 17, 2012 - 20 answers

Reward and Punishment in the US

What are some good (current) examples of reward and punishment in the United States? Please give me any websites, magazines or books I might be able to source for an essay. [more inside]
posted by camylanded on Oct 6, 2011 - 7 answers

How can I find out how my credit card company classifies merchants?

My credit card gives me 5% cash back for buying from "electronics stores, grocery stores and department stores". How do I know what stores fall into those categories? [more inside]
posted by d(-_-)b on Oct 11, 2010 - 11 answers

A punch for running two miles!

My wife wants my help motivating her to take up running again and wants to use a punch card. Help me thing of rewards! [more inside]
posted by Octoparrot on Jul 21, 2010 - 13 answers

The Dare Essentials

I am thinking of organizing a "two-dollar dare" party and I need simple dares that can be performed in front of a lot of people, and achievable right there. Props are fine, as is the use of another person. So far, I have things like, picking your nose, licking someone else's foot, peeing in a pair of adult-diapers, letting someone slap you hard, letting someone give you a haircut, simulating an orgasm. The idea is that if the people at the party want to see it, they can up the "bid" to a double-dare ($4) or a triple-dog-dare ($6) so I am looking for a good selection of tame dares and rather more outrageous ones. Can the hive mind help me?
posted by Sully on Nov 19, 2009 - 18 answers

Food is nutrition, not entertainment

How can I change my mindset to think of food as sustinance and not food as entertainment/reward? [more inside]
posted by arniec on Aug 11, 2009 - 42 answers

Short-term reward for running?

What are some good (non-food) rewards to keep me motivated as I try to start jogging? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on May 10, 2009 - 16 answers

Reward for Information?

Have you had any luck obtaining information after a burglary by offering a reward? [more inside]
posted by TurquoiseZebra on Apr 15, 2009 - 15 answers

How to to offer as a reward for returing a wallet?

I lost my wallet yesterday and received a call from a man who found it and we're arranging for its return. Should I offer him a reward? How much? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Mar 5, 2009 - 64 answers

Incentives for Jaded High Schoolers?

Think-Back-To-High-School-Filter: What incentives / prizes / privileges really motivated you? (Aside from grades) [more inside]
posted by Alabaster on Jan 17, 2009 - 31 answers

How to reward a group for returning a lost item?

Rewarding a good deed - We accidentally left something sentimentally and monetarily valuable in a pastry/bread store. A week later they returned it to us. What is a fairly inexpensive reward/gift that all the employees could enjoy? [more inside]
posted by nzydarkxj on Nov 3, 2008 - 9 answers

Help me spoil my cat!

Catfilter: How do I reward positive behavior in a cat that doesn't like anything? [more inside]
posted by CrazyGabby on Jun 12, 2008 - 19 answers

OMG! Dramatic friends.

What are the best ways of dealing with dramatic friends, to give them the love and support that they need without rewarding their dramatic strategies? [more inside]
posted by xo on Apr 20, 2007 - 29 answers

American Express Reward Points

American Express Reward Point... Any Tax implications? [more inside]
posted by curiousleo on Feb 4, 2007 - 15 answers

I lost my pants!

I left some pants in the dryer at my dorm and when i got back they were gone. How can I make an effective poster asking for them to be returned? [more inside]
posted by joshuak on Jul 22, 2006 - 22 answers

American Express Reward Points

What is average value of American Express Reward Points? [more inside]
posted by curiousleo on Jun 3, 2006 - 8 answers

What makes people come to work on time?

My assistant is usually late, help me get her to make me look better. [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Nov 14, 2005 - 57 answers

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