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7 Ways Science Says You Can Get A Happier Brain in 2017

To ensure survival, your ancestors’ brains developed a prickly awareness: always on the lookout for danger, zooming in on any potential threat, being super sensitive to painful experiences and burning them into memory, and reacting quickly physically without thinking first. Having this kind of reactive brain did a very good job helping humans evolve. However, these[...]

The Link Between Dopamine And Depression (and how to make more)

Depression is a complex illness which can show up very differently in different people. Despite popular theories, the cause of depression is not clearly understood. Whether depression is actually even a disease or a symptom is of current debate. In Depression Is A Symptom, Not The Disease, I wrote: In the 1960s, we were told[...]

Hurts So Good: Dopamine Is Involved In Pleasure And Pain

Pleasure and pain can be felt simultaneously.  Think of a marathon runner, women in child birth, or the classic example of sadomasochistic sex.  Although they may seem to be opposites, pleasure and pain, surprisingly, are similar biochemical events and engage the same brain circuit. In his book The Compass of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make[...]