Archives for dopamine

3 Ways to Take Back Control Over Your Smartphone

“The difference between technology and slavery is that
slaves are fully aware that they are not free”
― Nassim Nicholas Taleb

If you haven’t watched the documentary, The Social Dilemma on Netflix yet, then move it to the top of your viewing list. It is enlightening and frightening at the same time.

I think to some degree or another we all knew that social media, the internet, our phones were taking over our lives and hacking certain neural networks in our brain, to our detriment.


Why Laughter is the Best Teacher

My favorite teachers all have one thing in common – they make me laugh.  It’s not just that they are funny but that they are enjoying themselves as much as their audience.  It’s infectious.

Whenever I’m listening to teachers who are taking themselves too seriously or not able to find the humor in life, I tune out immediately.  I just can’t relate to it.

So when I teach, I try to bring in funny stories to get my point across.  Not just because it’s fun (although that is a good reason!), but because I think it’s the most effective way to learn.


The Downside of Dopamine

I’ve written many blog posts applauding the benefits of dopamine and how we can use it to our advantage.

In this post, I want to explore the downside of dopamine and how we create vicious dopamine cycles that keep us trapped in unhealthy habits that make us really unhappy.

The Survival Benefit of Dopamine (a quick review)

Dopamine helped us survive as a species by pushing us to seek and find again and again.