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What Makes Activities Naturally Rewarding?

Two primary features can be identified as being descriptive of naturally rewarding activities: (1) They tend to make us feel more competent and (2) they tend to help us feel self-controlling (or self-determining).[2] In addition, another aspect of naturally rewarding activities will be suggested, which concerns the sense of purpose we derive from them. The following discussion will address each of these features separately.

Feelings of Competence

One common aspect of naturally rewarding activities is that they frequently make us feel more competent. We often enjoy tasks that we perform well. People who perform well in a sport often like that sport; persons who do well in school often like school.


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