Originally Posted by ImaginaryIllusion
Sounds perfect...you *are* manipulating...yourself...and you should be.
And you got the reward...a big wonderful smile...this is like classical conditioning at it's finest.
I don't see how there'd be anything devious about trying to change your own behavior or communicate better.
Eventually it'll become just the natural way you communicate with him...and you won't have to think about it. Give it time.
Ring a bell and bring on the manipulation!