Brain Tip of the Week: Reward Yourself

Brain Tip of the Week: Reward Yourself superheroyou

“Learning is fun!”

Say that to any high schooler and he or she will probably roll their eyes at you. But a kindergartner will happily cheer and agree. Have you ever wondered why that is?

I think it has to do with positive reinforcement.

When you’re little, your teachers are eager to instill a love of learning in you. So they reward you when you do well, even if it’s something as simple as sticking a gold star on your assignment. But as you get older, you’re expected to do well. The little victories aren’t rewarded anymore – rather, you get punished when you fail.

Unfortunately, we often internalize this pattern and carry it with us into adulthood. Chances are, you’ve beaten yourself up for something you did wrong very recently – maybe even today. But when was the last time you gave yourself a treat for doing well? Can you even remember?

That’s why my Brain Tip of the Week is to reward yourself.

By setting up rewards when you learn kwikly, your body and brain get a flood of pleasurable sensations that remind you that learning IS fun. So celebrate your learning victories! Make sure that learning isn’t a dull process. It doesn’t matter what the rewards are, as long as you enjoy them.

Think about it: have you ever noticed that we tend to learn best when we don’t even realize we are learning? That’s why at Kwik Learning, all of our live events are a celebration, complete with special events and games. By getting you to embrace your inner child, you become absolutely engaged and learn even more.

So this week, reward yourself when you learn kwikly! For extra credit, pick up Don’t Shoot the Dog: The New Art of Teaching and Training by Karen Pryor. A super-kwik read, this book talks about the power of rewarding learning victories. It’s great if you’re a parent, a teacher, or just a good friend and want to improve your relationships with others.

Want to boost your brain even more? Get more brainpower and memory tips HERE!

Written by Jim Kwik

Photo Credit: torbakhopper via Compfight cc

“Learning is fun!”

Say that to any high schooler and he or she will probably roll their eyes at you. But a kindergartner will happily cheer and agree. Have you ever wondered why that is?

I think it has to do with positive reinforcement.

When you’re little, your teachers are eager to instill a love of learning in you. So they reward you when you do well, even if it’s something as simple as sticking a gold star on your assignment. But as you get older, you’re expected to do well. The little victories aren’t rewarded anymore – rather, you get punished when you fail.

Unfortunately, we often internalize this pattern and carry it with us into adulthood. Chances are, you’ve beaten yourself up for something you did wrong very recently – maybe even today. But when was the last time you gave yourself a treat for doing well? Can you even remember?

That’s why my Brain Tip of the Week is to reward yourself.

By setting up rewards when you learn kwikly, your body and brain get a flood of pleasurable sensations that remind you that learning IS fun. So celebrate your learning victories! Make sure that learning isn’t a dull process. It doesn’t matter what the rewards are, as long as you enjoy them.

Think about it: have you ever noticed that we tend to learn best when we don’t even realize we are learning? That’s why at Kwik Learning, all of our live events are a celebration, complete with special events and games. By getting you to embrace your inner child, you become absolutely engaged and learn even more.

So this week, reward yourself when you learn kwikly! For extra credit, pick up Don’t Shoot the Dog: The New Art of Teaching and Training by Karen Pryor. A super-kwik read, this book talks about the power of rewarding learning victories. It’s great if you’re a parent, a teacher, or just a good friend and want to improve your relationships with others.

Want to boost your brain even more? Get more brainpower and memory tips HERE!

Written by Jim Kwik

Photo Credit: torbakhopper via Compfight cc

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