Motivation Takes More Than Courage. Victoria Laughter News March 1, 2017

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.



Generating Motivation


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,








Victoria Laughter Yoga Club Schedule:





Laughing Puts The Brain In A Meditative State




Always laugh when you can. It is free medicine.


“Laughter is too important to be left to chance. …”


All for now,

Love, Laughter and Smiles




Matti Anttila, Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher,

Author of The Zen of Joy

Victoria Laughter Yoga Clubs

Laughter Yoga is the unique concept that we can laugh for no reason at all.

* Laughing is FUN


* We start out with laughter exercises

> That sends feel good hormones to the brain.


* We  intersperse with yoga type deep breathing

> That sends more oxygen to the brain and body

* We add child-like playfulness

> That opens up our creativity and intuition


* We do “Laughter Meditation”

> Unlike any other meditation, way fun


* We finish with some relaxation routines.


* Sessions are led by a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader.           >  Non-profit, non-religious, non-political.


* Free or by donation

> Don’t let money hold you back

1834C Oak Bay Avenue Victoria, BC, Canada V8R 0A4 250-477-8608





Laughter is an Essential Nutrient. Get Your Daily Fix Here.


Free video:


You will see it on the right side of the page as the “Authentic Joy” video.






About Victoria Laughter Yoga Club

Victoria Laughter Yoga Club is affiliated with Dr. Madan Kataria's School of Laughter Yoga. We laugh: Just ‘cause: ☺It feels good ☺Fights cancer* ☺Conquers stress ☺Improves circulation ☺Smooths out wrinkles ☺Is efficient exercise** ☺Slows the aging process ☺Boosts immunity(fight colds) ☺Oxygen to brain=clear thinking * Dr. Otto Warburg, President, Institute of Cell Physiology, Nobel Prize Winner (twice) says: “Deep breathing techniques increase oxygen to the cells and are the most important factors in living a disease-free and energetic life. When cells get enough oxygen, cancer will not and cannot occur.” (My bolding) **Dr. W. Fry states that 10 minutes of hearty laughter is equal to 30 minutes or rowing or jogging.(Journal of General Psychology, 1938) Laughter Yoga goes beyond just laughter. Founder Dr. Madan Kataria has developed techniques to stimulate childlike playfulness, to adjust the aerobic and stretching component, and to promote emotional flow and release. Laughter Yoga can improve your physical health, release negative thoughts and emotions and get in touch with your spiritual nature. It helps us to develop an attitude of forgiveness, generosity, compassion and helpfulness while actively seeking the happiness of others. Combined, these principles can provide a powerful life-changing experience that we call the inner spirit of laughter. Laughter Yoga Clubs are non-political, non-religious, non-profit. There are a number of clubs in the Victoria area. Email for more info and current schedule:
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