Saturday, July 18, 2015

WHAT IS DOPAMINE?





Dopamine is a neurotransmitter/hormone found in the brain, which produces a feeling of pleasure. When an individual’s levels of dopamine are high, they feel happy, content, positive, and even euphoric. When the levels of dopamine are low, they feel agitated, discontent, even stressed.

As we experience life, how we feel will normally fluctuate, depending on lifestyle and events that happen. If we feel stressed, there are various things we can do to help us cope and make us feel better. Many of us do these things without consciously thinking about it. All we know is that they cause us to feel pleasure.

For example, we may do any of the following,

• Eat delicious food
• Have sex
• Exercise
• Meditate
• Seek the company of friends and loved ones
• Go shopping
• Help or give a gift to someone
• Watch TV
• Listen to music

Of course, there are events in life, which cause us to feel the opposite of pleasure which is suffering and are often beyond our control. For example,

• Divorce
• Death of a loved one
• Losing your job
• Failing an exam
• Poverty and financial problems
• Being bullied at work, school or home
• Illness

The list is endless and will vary depending on the individual.

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