Major depressive disorder-colloquially called "depression"-is a primary global cause of disability. Current preventive interventions, such as problem-solving therapy, are effective but also expensive. "Nudges" are easy and cheap interventions for altering behavior. We have explored how nudging can reduce three behavioral risk factors of depression: low levels of physical activity, inappropriate coping mechanisms, and inadequate maintenance of social ties. These nudges use cognitive biases associated with these behavioral risks, such as valuing the present more than the future, following the herd or the norm, making different choices in light of equivalent conditions, and deciding on the basis of salience or attachment to status quo.,
American Journal of Public Health
Erasmus University College (EUC)

Woodend, A, Schölmerich, V.L.N, & Denktaş, S. (2015). "Nudges" to prevent behavioral risk factors associated with major depressive disorder. American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 105, pp. 2318–2321). doi:10.2105/AJPH.2015.302820