Dopamine is present in everyone’s body, a compound that plays a role in happiness. A neurotransmitter compound that is responsible for transmitting messages between nerve cells. It has many properties: it can influence the coordination of movements, the feeling of reward, it can also play a role in prediction.
In addition to the development of addiction, working memory and the functioning of executive functions can also be related to this compound. But how does it work?
Scientists have proven that dopamine starts to produce even when we are still expecting reward or praise. It can be a distant, future event, or a very close kind of reward, which further increases our motivation to do it for us, thus improving our performance and well-being.
Do you know the feeling when you get goosebumps from music? Dopamine has something to do with this as well.
“Whether the Beatles or Beethoven, people love music for the same reason they eat, bodily pleasures, or access to money: a rewarding compound is released in the brain while listening to music, Canadian researchers have found. ” Writes hvg in one of the articles. Scholars also explain the defining function of music in every society. So music produces dopamine – it takes pleasure. But it also has a huge role to play in love and sex. Dopamine stimulates pleasure and joy in the brain to motivate a person to perform activities more often, which can serve as another reason for more frequent encounters with the chosen person of our heart.
However, dopamine does more than just do us good: a it also plays a major role in the development of addictions. Various driving agents greatly increase the release of dopamine, as a result of which the body increasingly requires well-being.
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Superstimulants, such as turbocharged fast food, or various drugs reward them so quickly and they give multiplied well-being so easily that we want more and more of them even though we can’t process them properly.
“The good mood evoked by coffee and chocolate is not only due to caffeine, but also to the abundance of dopamine that triggers the release of happiness hormones in the brain.” Said Professor Gary Wenk in an article on hvg “Euphoric happiness is also caused by opiates, and their production can be enhanced by a small amount of marijuana-like ingredient in chocolate.”
As in all areas of life, in the search for happiness, in experiencing the influences that bring happiness to us, it is important to know where the border is and when we have crossed it. However, Gábor Zacher is a toxicologist in his words alive: “You can live without addiction, it’s just not worth it”. One chocolate with more cubes certainly won’t hurt.
Source: Positive Day – Dániel Bakos
Source: Napidoktor by napidoktor.hu.
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