Most of the time, my posts on my health blog relate it to writing only tangentially, but I thought this post today was completely relevant for this blog too. So here you go!
Earlier this month, Kevan Lee on Lifehacker wrote an intriguing article on How to Harness Your Brain’s Dopamine Supply and Increase Motivation. It’s a very interesting article, and a quick read if you want to pursue it in more detail. But basically, he lays out that dopamine is connected to more things than just pleasure: “Dopamine’s impact on the body is felt in many different areas, including motivation, memory, behavior and cognition, attention, sleep, mood, learning, and oh yeah, pleasurable reward.” Where it gets interesting is that dopamine has now been shown to be high during stress and so its main function is now believed to be as a motivator. The takeaway here is this:
Dopamine performs its task before we obtain rewards, meaning that its real job is to encourage us to act and motivate us to achieve or avoid something bad.
He suggests that we can hack…
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