If there's one thing all kids of every generation have in common, it's this: They like treats (I guess this applies to dogs or various other pets, too). Have a hard time getting a kid to do something? Offer a dollar or a cookie. Works every time. Kids want a reward for good behavior.

Let me rephrase that: People of all ages want a reward for good behavior.

According to a new Mayo Clinic study, the chance to win or lose $20 a month enticed dieters in a yearlong study to drop an average of 9 pounds—four times more weight than those not offering cash incentives.

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