In your brain the neurotransmitter dopamine works to ensure you get out of bed in a morning. It stimulates and supports your motivation. Dopamine contributes to feeling thrills, pleasure, drive and concentration. Dopamine plays a big part in all kinds of reward motivated behaviour and feeling motivated.
People with low dopamine can lack a zest for life and sometimes they even begin to show signs of an addictive personality. They may become hooked on dopamine stimulating drugs like cocaine. Sometimes people with low dopamine just keep searching for new thrills; for example, taking too many risks or indulging in multiple love affairs.
Dopamine deficiency can be genetic. It may be created by viruses or drug abuse. Deficiency can lead to fatigue and depression.
Exercises, such as running, stimulate dopamine but again, it is important not to become addicted to the good feelings.
Dopamine is all about feeling motivated and reward motivation
You can stimulate your dopamine release by marking small goals with rewards and self praise. Move gradually towards bigger goals by rewarding yourself for each small step. Remember to stimulate the dopamine in other members of your team by praising them for reaching their goals. Being generous with praise is good for you and others.
Eating foods like eggs and spinach help to produce dopamine, as does drinking coffee. But, again, avoid the addictive effect – drinking too much caffeine will simply stimulate the release of adrenaline and cortisol. You want to feel motivated to achieve your goals, not stressed out.
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