“To everyone is given the key to heaven; the same key opens the gates of hell.”
– Ancient Proverb
I’m your dopamine angel and I’m writing because you haven't been listening to me lately.
I'm here to explain how easy it is to understand how dopamine works. All it takes is an open mind and a little imagination.
If you're interested in learning how you can be happier, healthier, wealthier, and wiser, here goes!
Imagine everyone with a dopamine angel (d-angel) on one shoulder and a dopamine demon (d-demon) on the other.
D-angels have been around for millions of years and we’ve helped billions of animals survive and evolve. We’re like guardians who offer healthy, logical, life-sustaining advice. Look around and you’ll find that the most successful animals succeed because they listen to their d-angels.
Homo sapiens are the only animals burdened with deceptive, destructive, dumb d-demons. That's why seemingly "smart" people keep doing so many foolish things that you never see "dumb" animals doing.
D-demons aren’t evil, it’s just that they’re neurotransmitters and chemicals can’t and don't care if they ruin lives.
The key to happiness starts with understanding that your d-demon is like a frienemy who doesn't want you to figure out that you are not your d-demon. D-angels and d-demons are only advisers. You are in charge and, if you’re smart, we work for you.
There is one important differences between your d-demon and me. You can't get rid of me, which is good because we d-angels are here to help you survive. But you can tell your d-demon to take a hike.
Your d-demon will try to convince you that what I’m saying is nonsense. When that happens, just remember that it's your d-demon that keeps tricking you into screwing up and then convincing you to blame everyone else for your problems.
I know I’m no match for a d-demon capable of tempting you with dopamine-induced highs. Lucky for you, I'm not a quitter and I'll never stop trying to get you to understand that your happiness depends on who you listen to.
Here's a hint. If it's good advice that ends up making you happy, you're listening to me.
The next time your d-demon offers you a short-term dopamine boost, ask yourself if it’s worth the long-term misery. If you can't resist the temptation it's a sure sign that you're letting your d-demon do your thinking for you.
There's an important complication you should know about. The planet is filled with dummies who don't know that they're slaves to d-demons. That's why there are so many pushers pushing junk they know you don't need. They're pushing heroin, junk foods, junk thinking, junk bonds, junk news, junk religions, and must-have toys that turn into junk.
Pushers understand that happy people make terrible consumers, so they do their worst to spread their misery. The more miserable they can make you the easier it is to trick you into wasting your time, money, and life chasing dopamine.
If and when you decide that you're ready to be happier, healthier, wealthier, and wiser, it's simply a matter of telling your d-demon to get lost. Only then will you be be free to make the decisions that make your life better.
I'll leave you with a few practical and proven dopamine-inducing suggestions. Practice kindness. Volunteer. Donate. Smile. Exercise. Eat healthy. Create. Hug. Be a positive, giving, loving, caring, honest Human being.
Help make the planet a nicer place to visit and you'll discover that the easiest way to be happier is to help make others happy.
If you find yourself thinking, "Oh, that will never work," it's a sure sign that your d-demon planted the idea in your head.
That's OK. It's your life. If you want to blow your short time on earth being a sucker for a neurotransmitter, I can’t stop you.
Just understand that I'm not allowed to give up on you. It's my job.
I’m betting that one day you'll wake up and smell the dopamine.
Until then, I'm here for you!
Your dopamine angel,