I didn’t cry.
I didn’t bite the dentist.
I deserved a reward.
So, I got myself a LARGE shake from McDonalds.
Why did I think that my behavior deserved a reward? I’m a grown up. I’m almost 40 for goodness sakes. Do I really need a reward because I did what I was supposed to and went to the dentist to get my cavities filled. Let’s not mention the irony that I was eating chocolate after getting the cavities filled, which is probably what put them there in the first place.
What’s even more intriguing is that several of my Twitter friends said I deserved a reward or treat for going to the dentist. I obviously agreed with them. This just fascinates me. Is it an American thing? Are we the only culture that feels we must treat ourselves after a necessary (albeit unpleasant) task?
Then there is the fact that I rewarded myself with food. Not just food, sweet food. Would I have felt rewarded if I’d grabbed some almonds, which would have been a healthy treat. Um, nope! A reward is sweet. And, usually heavily caloric. That’s what makes it a reward.
Am I the only one intrigued by the phenomenon? I’m curious what you think.
Do you reward yourself with sweet treats? Why?