The highest motivation that can change the way we behave for the better is always intrinsic than external factors .There have been many research studies conducted to find out if we are influenced to perform better consistently through a system of rewards and punishments.Humans it is found are found to decrease performance in tasks where there is only materialistic gain as a reward, but fare consistently better where there is autonomy and encouragement of moving towards a purpose . A purpose which aligns with their innate sensibilities.
This throws the conventional and traditional approach to getting work done, up for a toss . As it is exactly opposite viewpoint that humans can be manipulated to a large extent to achieve better results by the so called carrot and stick methods .
In choosing to work harder at a task or a job with passion instead of needing to comply to it the human being feels free enough to go beyond the box . As there is free will within a wider net of required structure the creative potentialities are given a free play and thus the individual moves closer to his authentic self . The joy of self expression results in a need to share it with others out of sheer happiness .
Highest levels of happiness are in giving a larger meaning to life whether it is in involving oneself in activities helping another, in learning and growing with another , it could be in learning a new art form ,or even simply in dancing socially with a group of people which is wonderful for your well being and a healthy life . In the simple act of volunteering to enact a good deed from the heart, you realize the true joys of sharing. ...and find meaning in your own lives .
What is that makes us love ourselves better when we give . Is it the satisfaction in the appreciation of that which we willingly share or is it on the innate need for doing a deed with a larger good in mind. or is it in the happiness of the other that results through the actions ... whatever it may be , just remember we are truly blessed and are our most authentic self in every expansive action that we choose to do!