The section comparing pleasure and happiness really resonates. Lotto winners rarely wind up happier. Unlimited availability and consumption of every known pleasurable treat from cake to alcohol, pornography to red bull, cocaine to social media.
All PLEASURES are almost inversely linked to HAPPINESS. The distinction is Dopamine (the pleasure hormone) versus Serotonin (the happiness hormone)
I m not suggesting that the absence of pleasure equates to happiness, rather that it's not the key.
Dopamine receptors down regulate, meaning the first hit is rarely exceeded. Eventually the pleasure evaporates and that's when addiction shows up.
Happiness is externally deriven. Community, relationships, contribution, purpose, and sense of significance are the seeds of this serotonin producing state.
(All the estimated 4200 current global Religions have one thing in common, they fulfil this innate need - though not a topic I have an appetite to delve in to)
And guess what? Whilst we're drawn toward it, it's not addictive! (Happiness)
Approval is an easy road to addiction. Validation, agreement, acknowledgement, all a little red icon away on our social media posts.
The trick is balancing regular serotonin induced happiness with the pursuit of fleeting dopamine pleasure.
Drugs are usually temporary relievers of distress, headaches, soreness, depression. Rarely are they curative. In most cases there's a clue as to the source of distress .
Food intolerance (often gluten or dairy) Obesity (40% higher risk and intensity of migraines). Exercise, equivalent to the most expensive drug you could ever take.
Chase serotonin highs and dopamine will play a less insidious role in your life.
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