Happy Donut Day (not)

Yes, that urge for cupcakes, for chips, for pizza is STRONG. Resisting it seems impossible. The good news & the bad news is that there are reasons. So, when you see the donut dopamine floods your brain. Dopamine is the hormone released when you anticipate a reward. You anticipate the sweet, sugary, soft goodness of that donut. The tricky thing with dopamine is that it's stupid. Well, it's not smart at least. It thinks the reward is sustenance since that's what your brain is programmed for. So, in dopamine's mind, that donut is full of life-sustaining calories that taste way too good to be true. But you know better, don't you? You know that as soon as you eat one (or two) donuts you probably don't feel very rewarded at all.

Are you distracting yourself with pleasure?

Yesterday I was listening to Storybrand by Donald Miller while doing some tedious spreadsheet work for business.  A quote he mentioned was so good it stopped me in my tracks and I wrote in my open planner next to my laptop. “When a person can't find a deep sense of meaning, they distract themselves with pleasure.” -Viktor Frankl Isn't … Continue reading Are you distracting yourself with pleasure?