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,
Victoria Laughter Yoga Club Schedule: https://victorialaughteryogaclub.wordpress.com/laughter-schedule/
Laughing Puts The Brain In A Meditative State
JUST FOR FUN
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 http://zenofjoy.com/
Victoria Laughter Yoga Clubs https://victorialaughteryogaclub.wordpress.com/
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.
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