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Positive Reinforcement

Let me tell you how it is
The game of true rewards
Responding to a stimulus
To gain like and applaud

It stimulates the synapses
And animates them so
The neural kick deep in the brain
Excited in the flow

The flow of prizes and pure praise
A hearty pack on back
That says to mind, “Go do again!”
Addicted right on track

To want more of this good thing
The smiling, happy way
That motivates us to go on
In dopamine display

And so in cyclic pleasure
The pattern does repeat
With pleasure sensors all alert
To raise the old heart beat!

And lest our conscious knowledge
We’re putty in the hand
Of positive reinforcement
Moulded like grains of sand

No fingers were hurt in the making of this picture

No fingers were hurt in the making of this picture (Photo credit: Kerri Lee Smith)


How children love rewards
Those little treats that say well done
But are they everything they’re cracked up to be
Or are they just drugs that lose their fun?
For what happens when they stop
And they’re not then in the frame?
Do children still put in the effort
If the outcome’s not the same
If the prize just isn’t there
Is there really any point?
Or should they aim for intrinsic satisfaction
Where themselves they then appoint
To become the motivator
Who inspires and who instills
A relentless determination
To makes for happy wills
So that innately, they then foster,
An inherent intrinsic treat
Making the sense of accomplishment
A reward that’s most complete!