develops priorities in large part based on how much dopamine it's expecting to get.
This means that it's very easy for you to scroll through social media for hours, to go out and have drinks with your friends, to play videogames and to eat junk food.
All of this is because these activities release a considerable amount of #dopamine
in your brain, so it's easy for you to desire them.
You have the #motivation
to get up and do them.
Dopamine is responsible for your motivation to do things.
There's a YouTube video from the "Better than yesterday" channel that explains this very well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QiE-M1LrZk.
In the video, they report an experiment made on rats, in which it has been noticed that, if the release of dopamine in the brain's reward center was blocked, the rats wouldn't even get up to drink or eat. So it's not thirst or #hunger
that makes you grab the #food
This underlines the importance of our #habits
Let's say you're used to very good, tasty meals. If put in front of a plate of white plain rice, you would probably refuse, even if you're hungry. You will be much more motivated to get up and cook yourself a tasty meal or grab a tastier snack.
But now let's say that you grew up in an environment in which the food was poor and the cooking very bad: that plate of rice will seem much more rewarding. Your brain will #enjoy
That's why I couldn't understand how my grandparents could enjoy simple bread in a cup of milk (they were Italian grandparents who had seen the second World War and were used to eat very simply) while I would find it disgusting.
That's why we enjoy different foods in different cultures.
So, you can already see how this little piece of knowledge could be useful in your everyday life: if you're gonna eat candies all the time, your brain will not find lower dopamine inducing food tasty anymore. That will lead you to always eat candy, and that will lead you to be fat and have a lot of #health
I will give examples of how to apply this knowledge to your everyday life in the following black posts.