I had a moment of clarity today! Karma is operant conditioning. If you smile at someone, then they will most likely smile back. The positive effect will increase your desire to smile more often. If you thank your spouse with a big hug for taking out the trash, then they will most likely take the trash out more often and more willingly. If you say something mean to someone, they will probably not want to be around you. If you tell your dog, "Good wait!" for sitting patiently for his food bowl, and then put the food bowl down and tell him that he can eat it, then your dog will continue to sit nicely and patiently for his food. If you give your dog belly rubs every time you walk in the door, your dog will continue to roll over for his Buddha belly rub when you come home instead of jumping on you.
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