Motivation takes hormones.
Yes, there is a physical basis to motivation.
You can get motivated by a motivational speaker.
But how long does it last?
And anyway, that is motivation from the outside.
How can we get motivated from the inside?
By generating a hormone called dopamine.
Dopamine is a molecule that neurons release to communicate with each other.
Some research shows that high levels of dopamine makes us feel good.
Great! I will just get a prescription for it, yeah?
Prescriptions Don’t Work
A friend of mine actually did that.
He was depressed. The Doc gave him a dopamine prescription.
You should have heard him on the phone. A man transformed.
I was so happy to hear him with such joy on the phone…for the first time in a long time.
He was touting the benefits of this drug he was taking. I could not believe it.
“Man, I feel so good. I look forward to every day now.
I enjoy everything so much more.”
Not much later, I talked to him again.
He was depressed again. Couldn’t figure out why.
He was still taking the dopamine as prescribed.
Here’s what I think happened.
What we need is for the dopamine to hit the reward centre in the brain.
(FYI: The reward centre is called the Nucleus Accumbens.
You can use that to impress your friends at your next party.)
The Brain’s Reward Centre
When my friend took the oral dopamine, it went everywhere in the body.
It hit the reward centre alright.
But over time, its effect was dampened.
Taking dopamine orally doesn’t target the reward centre.
To do that, to hit the bull’s eye, we need to generate dopamine internally.
How to Generate Dopamine Internally
How do we do that?
Exercise is one way.
You’ve heard of the “runner’s high?”
Exercising vigorously floods the body with “feel good” hormones.
We’re talking dopamine and endorphins.
That feel good factor is where we find the motivation as well.
“Researchers have shown that it (dopamine) regulates motivation,
causing individuals to initiate and persevere to obtain something either positive or negative.”
-Source: Science Daily
Exercise Targets Your Reward Centre
But, and here is the critical difference, exercise actually targets the reward centre.
Exercise is like the bow. The arrow is dopamine. The target is the Nucleus Accumbens.
You Can Get Addicted, in a Good Way
Now, be careful. You can get addicted to this.
In fact, addictions are thought be, at least in part, to this release of dopamine in the reward centre of the brain.
You may know some folks who are addicted to running. Or to other types of exercise.
Drug addictions might be attributed to this release of dopamine too.
But, if you had to choose an addiction, which would you rather have?
Drugs or exercise?
More Good News
You can get the “Dopaminergic upregulation to the Nucleus Accumbens” another way.
A minimum of 10-15 minutes of laughter generates the same flood of feel good hormones as the runner’s high.
Plus, it’s a lot of fun to laugh together. Maybe more so than solitary running.
Join a Laughter Yoga club.
Certified Laughter Yoga Leaders are trained to get your feel good hormones happening.
You can also just download my laughter video and laugh with me on video for 10 minutes a day. Go here:
You are meant for great things. Get motivated.
You now have one failsafe method for doing it.
Let me know how it goes.
To Your Joy, Energy and Health,
In this issue:
-Thousands of medical studies are found wildly inaccurate.
-House Passes Bill To Treat Silver and Gold as Money
–Your attitudes are being changed without you knowing about it
►BOOKS WORTH READING
►MOVIES WORTH WATCHING
Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one. Hans Selye
Massive cover-up as thousands of medical studies are found wildly inaccurate.
More and More it is our intuition we need to learn to trust.
State Deals Blow to Federal Reserve, House Passes Bill To Treat Silver and Gold as Money
Your attitudes are being changed without you knowing about it.
BOOKS WORTH READING
Never Split the Difference. Negotiation book by a top FBI hostage negotiator.
MOVIES WORTH WATCHING
The Man Who Knew Infinity
Why the rich don’t feel rich
“Everything turns out to be a gift–that’s the point.
Everything that you saw as a handicap turns out to be the extreme opposite.
But you can only know this by staying in your integrity, by going inside and finding out what your own truth is–not the world’s truth.
And then it is all revealed to you. There isn’t anything you have to do.
The only thing you’re responsible for is your own truth in the moment, and inquiry brings you to that.”
~ Byron Katie in 1000 Names For Joy
To Your Joy, Energy and Health,
Mission: To help you take shortcuts to More Joy, Energy, Health and fulfillment in life.
Find out How to Feel Authentic Joy, Even When Unhappy. Click here now: http://joyenergyandhealth.com
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Motto: To Get the Most Out of Life: Help Others Get the Most Out of Theirs.
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