For the month of April, we will be focusing on the Umbrella Skill of Intrinsic Motivation.  Intrinsic motivation is motivation that comes from inside you instead of from external rewards like money or grades.  It is the drive to do something because it is interesting and challenging.

WHY DOES INTRINSIC MOTIVATION MATTER? HOW DOES IT HELP US?
When we are intrinsically motivated we do activities simply for enjoyment and we don’t worry as much about the reward at the end. Failing to hit the goals, marks or achievements we are hoping for can be tough, especially when the outcome was the only thing we cared about. When we enjoy the process, it takes some of the stress off the end result and makes us feel happier overall. In fact, being intrinsically motivated increases our success at the end of the day.

RESEARCH BASED OUTCOMES OF INTRINSIC MOTIVATION
1. Increases time spent in a positive mood
2. Improves engagement at school
3. Higher levels of academic success
4. Improves creativity
5. Improves our coping strategies
6. Helps us stick with tasks longer