Last week, I wrote one of my favorite articles ever for Nerd Fitness.
I discussed my love of looking at life through the eyes of a gamer. I explained how I love to build levels and identify elite players to emulate them.
Research has shown that humans derive happiness from progress. We gain satisfaction from reaching goals, receiving rewards, and seeing that we have moved in the right direction…towards our “goal,” whether that goal be fitness related or career related.
These are the reasons why:
- We love leveling up characters in World of Warcraft to the point of obsession
- I let out a primal yell whenever I hit a new personal best on handstands or deadlifts.
- I get excited every time my phone tells me a new upgrade is complete in Clash of Clans.
Goals and progress can help us become better people.
However, there is more to this story and more to this life than just setting goals. In fact, I’ve come to learn that goals can actually negatively affect us!
Can goals be bad? What about games without beginnings and ends?
If we don’t have goals, what are we supposed to do instead?
Can we find a healthy balance between the two?