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How to Harness Your Brain's Dopamine Supply and Increase Motivation

How to Harness Your Brain's Dopamine Supply and Increase Motivation
uIt took me an hour to write my opening paragraph, and it took me five minutes to write this one. The difference is more dopamine, released to my brain as I met incremental goals along the way and received positive feedback from a blank document filling with words. Understanding where motivation comes from makes it easier to recognize what you need to do when it's missing. Yup I tend to get that. A good example - yesterday I tried powering through a complex programming task by opening up a file, sticking a method in it and coding away. I was VERY easily distracted.

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