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The Dopamine

The Dopamine

Usually associated with reward but tend to be more related to motivation craving.

For example; about enjoying some food, dopamine is not really involved in the enjoyment of eating the food but more towards the motivation to get the food; it's the thing that push to get the food.

So it's not really a signal or reward but more about driving of motivation/craving to seek the rewards.


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Is It A Problem?

Is It A Problem?

To have dopamine released for small things (social media, porn, tv, etc) may lead to less motivation.

The pleasures are not the problem. Having the pleasures without a prior requirement is. As it can make you feel 'rewarded' while actually you haven't got anything.


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Happiness is a journey, not a destination



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What To Do With It

Be aware that pain/challenge also revoke your dopamine, after the pain is over. The bigger the friction, the bigger dopamine will be.

Running for 5 kms, finish a book, write and publish your blog; challenge your self in doing things and once you finished, mark it as completed then the dopamine will get released.

So instead of seeking small pleasure (and risking yourself to be dopamine rush for unnecesary things and feel less motivated after), swith to seek for pain/challenge. It will improve your dopamine level and also your life.


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For further reading on how a pain/challenge effect your body (including your dopamine), you can read: Human physiological responses to immersion into water of different temperatures


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