A Brain Hack That Will Change Your Perspective On Life (part 2)
What isn’t happiness?
Don’t confuse happiness with the high of material goods. Certain highs like lust or excessiveness can cause the trigger effects of dopamine ---a chemical in your brain that affects your emotions, movements and your sensations of pleasure and pain. Even knowing dopamine usually equates to short-term happiness, I’m constantly fighting what my brain wants (and old habits). Yes, it can be used to promote positive behaviors on the brain, but it’s usually what drives us to act against our self, short-term pleasures and secret cravings like lust, alcoholism, and drugs. This does not mean dopamine is necessarily a bad thing, as guardians, school teachers, and psychiatrist etc can use knowledgeable neuro hacks to promote a positive, everlasting change on someone's life. Let’s focus on the good moving forward. Hopefully, this powerful insight helps you neurohack your own brain to become habitually addicted to success. Please apply this knowledge to better understand my next few paragraphs!
When life isn’t going the way you expect, push your mind and body to do new things. Life can feel bland, repetitive or even…. lifeless. For many people, their ultimate goal is to find true happiness through their unique journey because no one wants to live a dull, unfulfilled life. Some may feel like true happiness is obtaining fame or becoming a millionaire. I don’t want to be a hypocrite and say those things didn’t delight me, but they actually made me realize how unhappy I was. Material riches and stardom certainly brought a great level of pleasure, security, and a ton of friends, but that’s not what happiness is to me.
We often find ourselves buying time for the next happy moment by seeking what others are doing. There were times I couldn’t even imagine being accepted without fitting in to certain status quos, such as, bobbing my head to hip- hop, wearing chains, relentlessly showcasing the women I’ve connecting with or even certain political and religious views. In my opinion, you find true happiness when evolving towards something greater than your past self and by searching within for peace. Although life can be full of surprising changes and unexpected challenges ---good or bad, it’s important to seek various opportunities of growth by embracing the new while shedding “old skin”.
Remember through your intense, unique journey to happiness that “money can’t buy life.” Hopefully, you find clarity in this quote after reading this article because joy is the ultimate goal. It may take a little bit of shedding old habits and energies, but if you are anything like the old me, it may take a hell of a lot. Again, make money, but don't let it make you.
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
To Be Continued.....