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Let's face it, new years resolutions almost always fizzle half way through January. Today, I'm going to do my best to convince you that there's an important, life-changing resolution that you need to make in order to get a lot more gold in Guild Wars 2.
Walk, run, or swim your way into better physical health. Yes, I know that the realm of your physical well being seems completely separate from how much gold you can earn in Guild Wars 2; but it's definitely related.
The healthier I am, the smarter I play video games. If you're eating too much, sleeping too little, and overall ignoring your physical wellness, then your gaming will reflect that.
One of the most important steps to getting healthier is admitting that your brain initially doesn't want you to go back to the way things used to be.
Your brain strives for what it knows, implanting temptations and rationalizations into your consciousness in order to increase chemicals like dopamine (the pleasure hormone). That's the kind of manipulation that people on drugs undergo, but anyone with a food or video game addiction shares the same experience. If at any time you rationalize another piece of cake, skipping a run, etc, then you're being lied to and manipulated by your brain. You have an addiction, even if it's small, and the scary part about food addictions is you can't just abstain from food. That makes you die and kind of defeats the purpose of bettering yourself.
It takes one month to build a good habit, but that's mainly because it takes about a month for your brain to replace terrible habits with a good one. So set yourself a very simple and attainable goal, such as walking for 30 minutes BEFORE you play the trading post. Or maybe walk in between buy and sell orders so you aren't just mindlessly clicking on your screen waiting for sales to come in. You'll be shocked at how productive and better you are at gaming and life in general.
Happy New Year!