In late 2016 I came across the subject of dopamine.
According to WebMD, dopamine is: a type of neurotransmitter. Your body makes it, and your nervous system uses it to send messages between nerve cells. That’s why it’s sometimes called a chemical messenger.
A more simple way to put it, it’s the pleasure chemical. The feel good hormone. It’s the thing that gets you out of bed in the morning to go out and crush it. Not too many people discuss dopamine when they’re on the subject of having a good time, addiction, drive, determination and accomplishment.
But it matters more than you realize, especially when it comes to dealing with the unseen mental issues we face in our lives.
When you watch a movie, have sex, spark attraction, take on an exciting endeavor or climb onto a roller coaster, dopamine plays a huge roll in your good time.
The thing about dopamine is, as much as it can be a good thing to feel that rush and that pleasure, it’s something you have to monitor and govern as well.
You can easily become addicted to drugs, porn, sugar and other dangerously inviting activities if you let your sensors get the best of you.
Understanding exactly what dopamine is and how it effects you are the keys to maintaining control of yourself.
Here’s some further information until we revisit this topic in depth at a later time.