Positive reinforcement “consists of the presentation of a stimulus (one that is usually considered pleasant or rewarding) following a response, which then leads to an increase in the future strength of that response” (Powell, 2013). When I have an upcoming essay, I write and edit for about a 30 minutes each day before the paper is due. After I write and edit the paper, I reward myself with a half hour of a television show I enjoy. I usually despise writing essays but when I started to reward myself I was excited to write and get some work done because I knew I was going to do something I enjoyed afterwards. Because of this, I get good grades on my essays. The television show is the added stimulus and working on my paper is the increased response.
Powell, R. A., Honey, P. L., & Symbaluk, D. G. (2013). Introduction to learning and behavior. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Engage Learning.