There is no shortcut for working up a sweat — you have to do the exercise in order to burn the calories. There are no hacks for hard work.
If you want the perks you have to put up with a little pain.
Think back to the last time you had a really satisfying victory.
It might have been a big public win or a small personal one.
Perhaps the boss recognized you in front of the entire team with a public pat on the back for a successful project you spearheaded, or maybe you made it to the gym two days in a row.
I’ll bet you felt pretty incredible after achieving those wins. Whatever endorphins and other chemicals your brain released filled you with warm fuzzies for a few hours (maybe a few days).
You wouldn’t get that same triumphant buzz if your boss gave you the credit for someone else’s hard work anymore than you could fool yourself into achieving that sense of accomplishment if you sat on the couch all week and tried to convince yourself you went to workout.
You can’t lie yourself into actually achieving something — that’s why they call it an honest day’s work.