by Brad Huddleston
You know that feeling you get during a really good kiss
Well, that euphoric sensation comes from neurochemicals in the brain, especially dopamine, a neurotransmitter that’s rewarding you with those emotional feelings of joy when it arrives in the pleasure center of the brain known as the nucleus accumbens, which is part of the reward pathway. In other words, when we engage in high stimulating activities, dopamine is released into the Autobahn of the brain.
We are then “rewarded” with feelings of pleasure.
Sometimes these rewards are healthy, and sometimes they are addictive. In terms of addiction, a small amount of dopamine from an activity can be healthy, but continuous large amounts are addictive and, therefore unhealthy. Read More