needing more and more..and then some....
we're all guilty
or the syndrome ''I cant get no satisfaction'
wanting something like mad
then, as soon as you have it, you find it too boring
then off you go chasing a new toy
happens to most of us
men excel at it especially when it comes to women
what to think?
science has the answers.
It seems that wanting something and liking something are not necessarily the same areas in our brains.
The 'wanting' system is activated by dopamine, and the 'liking' system is activated by opioids.
There are enough connections between them that there's a big correlation in their activity, but they are not one and the same and in fact natural activation of the opioids is less common than the dopamine activation. (this could explain weed smoking popularity!)
In other words:
It's relatively hard for a brain to generate pleasure, because it needs to activate different opioid sites together to make you like something more.
On the other hand, it's easier to activate desire, because a brain has several 'wanting' pathways available for the task.
Sometimes a brain will like the rewards it wants. But other times it just wants them.
So you could go through all that trouble to find or gain a much coveted thing or desire and you'll end up not even being happy. You'll just really really want to keep the wanting' circuit running.
Problem: large chunks of philosophy and economics are based upon wanting and liking being the same thing.
But it isnt.
Wanting is easier on the brain.
Liking is not or at least it's short lived.
Your fucking brain is playing some nasty trick on you, right??
Outsmart your brain.
Learn to like and appreciate and you'll stop your brain's mad dash for accumulating and amassing and wanting more that leaves you dissatisfied , stressed and unhappy..
Start with what you have.
The little or the big, less or more.
Appreciate daily.Give thanks.
Life has always been, is and will be full of shit sometimes.
Dont let your brain fool you into disregarding the good stuff because of the shit part.
Give thanks daily.
For just about everything you could think of.
Form new neural pathways in your mind
Outsmart that stupid brain of yours.
As a side effect, this will keep you young and vibrant in body and soul.
And when the real good stuff comes along, your brain will be so well trained in liking it, that you'll be enjoying it a thousant times more and for much much longer, instead of getting sick and tired of it as soon as you have it.
It's the recipe for a happy life.