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Reward Yourself! Ideas Of How to Celebrate Successes
By the Quitter's Circle Staff
March 30, 2015

Reward Yourself! Ideas Of How to Celebrate Successes

Reward Yourself! Ideas Of How to Celebrate Successes Smokefree
Reward Yourself! Ideas Of How to Celebrate Successes Smokefree

Everyone deserves a little celebration for their achievements. As you start your new smokefree life, pat yourself on the back for your courage and efforts to reach this point. While improved health is a reward in itself, we all like a little extra treat every once in a while. If you feel guilty about spoiling yourself—don’t! Rewards don’t have to be over the top and are well deserved when you've done something as tough as quitting smoking.

Try to plan rewards for milestones, such as a week without cigarettes, a month of not smoking, and so on. If you put aside the money you would have spent on cigarettes, that extra concert ticket or pedicure will only be a boost to your confidence and pride, and not an unplanned hit to your wallet. Plus, many rewards are free—you only need a willingness to set aside the time to enjoy them.

Here are more ideas on how to reward yourself for living smokefree:

  • Sleep in on the weekend.

  • Go to the salon with friends.

  • Splurge on concert or sporting tickets.

  • Buy equipment for your hobby: a new fishing line, knitting supplies, or even a new grill.

  • Take a long bubble bath.

  • Hit the town and shop for a new outfit.

  • Go on a leisurely walk or hike.

  • Call a friend for a long chat.

  • Buy new walking or running shoes.

  • Try a new restaurant.

  • Get a massage.

  • Go do a fun activity: bowling, go carts, or mini golf.

  • See a movie.

  • Have a staycation—disconnect and enjoy your home and loved ones.

  • Cook a fancy dinner.

  • Go on a road trip.

  • Reread your favorite book.

  • Buy a new song or CD.

  • Download a new game to your phone.

  • Get a fun temporary tattoo.

  • Do a victory dance.

And remember to loop your supporter in on these rewards. Maybe you can make a deal, such as they do the dishes when you achieve one week smokefree. Or, celebrate a milestone without cigarettes by going to a fun concert together. Setting up goals like this can give you something positive to concentrate on.


See additional quit smoking resources from our partner American Lung Association.