Remembering and Releasing Dopamine…

 

Today I want to do a little exercise with you. I want you to recall memories that once made you feel alive.

 

I would like to play a little game with you today. I want you to think about memories of situations in which you once felt alive. Scientists have taught us that remembering good or positive memories helps our brain release dopamine, which results in better concentration and memory, improves our problem solving capacity and regulates sleep and moods. I prepared a list of topics to help you recall those memories. Let’s give it a try.

Let’s begin by recalling 5 places that took your breath away or inspired you in any way. Remember them. Remember the adventure of getting there. Remember how alive you felt there!

My places would be:

  1. The Salt mines in Krakow, Poland
  2. Itsukushima Shrine in Japan
  3. The inside of the pyramids in Egypt
  4. The Alps in Switzerland
  5. Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Poland

Now, remember 5 things you did that you will always remember fondly or with awe. Go back there. Get the emotion back. Feel it again. Mine would be:

  1. The first dinner I had with my husband once we were married
  2. The first look I had of my daughters
  3. Swimming with dolphins in Turkey
  4. Watching the night running of the bulls in the San Fermin fiesta in Pamplona, Spain
  5. My first visit to Disneyland

Name 5 people who taught you something, did something huge for you or whom you admire. Remember them. Remember being with them and the feeling of gratitude or love you felt then.

Mine are:

  1. Nan, a woman who taught me to value myself
  2. María, a woman who made me remember who I was
  3. Jose, who is
  4. Alberto, who gave me my health back
  5. Richard Bach, whose books made me think about things for the first time

Now you try… and share with me. I’d love, truly love to know.

Enjoy life… ALL of it,

Jessica J. Lockhart – humanology – www.jessicajlockhart.com

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