What nudges its consequence value up enough to tip it over the threshold of it-can-wait to let's-get-it-over-with? It's often getting good news. Suddenly, chores become easy as their aversiveness mysteriously declines.
|My kitchen floor|
experience tells us: "Be happy to be good." When is
a charity more likely to successfully appeal to you (in
other words, when does giving hard-earned cash become
sufficiently rewarding)?--after you've had a horrible day
at work, or a great one? How does this effect fit in with the
principles of consequences? Well, we already know
that the relationship between emotions and consequences
is complex. This is another way in which they interact.
I'm sure our past experiences--our history of consequences--and the rules we've learned are involved. As someone particularly aware of the motivators in my life (teaching this science and then writing this book), I can see the value of consequences vary with my mood. As always, the situation is complex: For household chores, I've also noticed that the other extreme can work too. That is, when very little in my life is reinforcing, again, it can be easier than usual to do chores. After all, they provide some reward value, if only by escaping that annoying feeling that I ought to do them, and, of course, escaping the unpleasantness of seeing dust balls in the corner. I couldn't find any research about this in a quick check, but I'm sure there's some out there. (Let me know.)
Most effective of all, when I get a visitor, wow, see me reach for that mop. Serious consequences (both positive and negative).
Am I just weird, or does this phenomenon apply to you too?