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April 6, 2023

101 Ways to Reward Yourself

Research has shown that a ‘positive mood leads to desired outcomes in nearly every major life domain’ – including negotiations.  Walking into a negotiation feeling confident, happy and optimistic improves your chance of success.

How do we get ourselves in the right headspace? One way to prime a positive mood is to plan a reward. No matter the size, a reward is a great way to recognize the courage it takes to negotiate – and importantly, to boost your mood before the negotiation.

So before you go into your next negotiation, decide what your reward will be!  Here are some of our favorite ideas….

Rewards for free (or close to it!):

  1. Go on a beautiful hike
  2. Turn off your phone for the weekend and enjoy uninterrupted time
  3. Reach out to old friends 
  4. Take your PTO
  5. Go on a walk with a friend
  6. Visit your local bookstore
  7. Watch the sunset (or sunrise!)
  8. Grab a bunch of REAL magazines and spend the afternoon outside
  9. Enjoy a decadent dessert
  10. Spend the afternoon cooking a great meal, and share it with friends
  11. Spend the morning with a cup of coffee and a great book
  12. Visit your local farmers market
  13. Listen to your favorite artist’s new album
  14. Enjoy a museum 
  15. Spend a quiet day at the library
  16. Set up a game night with friends and family
  17. Take a dance class on YouTube
  18. Take the night off from all responsibilities
  19. Go stargazing 
  20. Host a potluck 
  21. Binge on a TV show you’ve been waiting to watch
  22. Set up a picnic in the park
  23. Finally take up that new hobby 

Rewards under $100:

  1. Enjoy a nice bottle of wine 
  2. Book a mani/pedi with a friend
  3. Buy yourself flowers
  4. ..and maybe one of these Waterford vases to keep them in
  5. Get some new workout gear, like these fun ankle weights
  6. Walk into your favorite shop with $100 to spend on anything that tickles your fancy
  7. Treat yourself to a massage
  8. … or an at-home spa set!
  9. Buy a great candle – like these from Anthropologie
  10. Design personalized stationary that you love
  11. Indulge your sweet tooth with the milk bar sampler
  12. … or Levain cookies
  13. Do something new, like a cooking class or an architecture tour
  14. Go to a concert
  15. Order yourself something fun like these for coffee beans
  16. Invite friends over for a “mixology night” using one of these kits
  17. Indulge in new sheets
  18. Schedule a relaxing facial 
  19. Go see a movie
  20. Buy a new pair of cozy pajamas 
  21. Grab your favorite bubble bath products and have a long soak
  22. Go to your favorite restaurant
  23. Buy a new plant for your workspace
  24. Schedule a stay-cation
  25. Buy a fun new kitchen gadget, like one of these quirky utensils 
  26. Buy new fancy undergarments that make you feel amazing
  27. Indulge in dreamy pillows
  28. Buy that gorgeous art print 
  29. Visit your local thrift store
  30. Take a friend on an ice cream date
  31. Visit a drive-in theater
  32. Spruce up your outdoor space with some modern furniture 
  33. Learn to scuba dive
  34. Buy a new band for your Apple Watch

Rewards over $300:

  1. Relax on your favorite beach for an uninterrupted weekend
  2. A monthly flower subscription service like bouqs
  3. A nice piece of artwork
  4. Good quality headphones like these
  5. Your “made it” work bag like this one from Prada (also available on TheRealReal and Rebag)
  6. A truly fantastic wallet like this one from Ferragamo
  7. A nice piece of jewelry
  8. An updated work wardrobe
  9. …or a fantastic date night dress
  10. Boss lady shoes like these iconic louboutins
  11. FANTASTIC seats to a musical, play or concert
  12. Treat yourself to dinner at Berns in Tampa – you’ll be surrounded by folks from all over the country who are there to celebrate a special occasion
  13. Relax at an all-day spa
  14. Let yourself redo that part of your home that has always felt “meh”
  15. Grab an entirely new skincare routine, like this line, from ZO
  16. Get your eyebrows microbladed 
  17. …. Or try fake eyelashes!
  18. Hire a team to deep clean your space
  19. Get your car detailed 
  20. Splurge on a new hair color, cut, etc.
  21. Refresh your bedding – pillow, sheets, comforter, the whole nine yards!
  22. Buy fancy frames for the photos you love
  23. Invest in a procedure you’ve always wanted.. like Lasik or Invisalign
  24. Upgrade your jewelry set with this stunning Hermes band
  25. Splurge on a new pair of sunglasses, like these Prada ones 
  26. Start your day off strong with a new Nespresso machine

Once-in-a-lifetime rewards:

  1. Helicopter over the Grand Canyon
  2. Go to Paris and witness the Eiffel Tower at night
  3. Stay on a hut in the water in the Maldives
  4. See the sunrise in Santorini
  5. Stay in a glass igloo in Finland
  6. Visit Halong Bay in Vietnam
  7. Take a ride on the Glacier Express in Switzerland
  8. Explore the markets of Marrakesh
  9. Watch the changing of the guards in London
  10. Go wine tasting in Napa
  11. Head over to Iceland and enjoy the Northern Lights
  12. Take a private mediation class in Luang Prabang, Laos
  13. Design your own clothes in Hoi Ann
  14. See the sunrise over Angor Wat
  15. Rent a convertible and drive route 1 in California
  16. Smoke a Cuban cigar in Havana
  17. Play blackjack in Vegas
  18. Swim with the pigs in Exhuma



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