Brain & Behaviour

Secrets Behind Motivation

Written by Saman Ansari

Do what you love

Be yourself and do what you love the most. This will lead to self discovery and you will end achieving more.

Have you discovered your goal yet?

If not make a list of your talents and what you enjoy doing. Considering this shortlist a career path for yourself. Working your way towards your goal will motivate you a lot.

Cleanliness is a part of faith

Cleaning your surroundings and tidying things up makes you think positive, organized and motivated!

Pray

Praying five times a day keeps you focused and doesn’t let you down!

Make others Feel Good

Making others feel good about themselves is not only a good act it also motivates you generally in life. Help people selflessly and just see what life brings you

The Science behind Motivation

According to an article in Forbes magazine Dopamine is what keeps us motivated. The article says; “We normally associate dopamine with pleasure, but it has a far wider effect than that. Dopamine has been found to fire before a reward is given, in addition to showing up in times of stress, pain, loss or pleasure. As a result, dopamine levels are now believed to be strongly linked with motivation. Interestingly, one behavioral neuroscientist discovered that rats with lower dopamine levels weren’t willing to climb a small fence to get to a larger pile of food, compared to rats with higher levels of the hormone.

However, although the link between dopamine levels and motivation isn’t a straightforward connection, a team of Vanderbilt scientists has demonstrated that dopamine has a strong impact on your willingness to work. To come to this conclusion, they used brain-mapping technology to analyze the brain patterns of “go-getters” who were willing to work hard for rewards and “slackers” who weren’t.

The team found that the “go-getters” had higher levels of dopamine in the reward and motivation portions of the brain – the striatum and ventromedial prefrontal cortex. The “slackers,” on the other hand, had a higher level of dopamine in the area of the brain associated with emotion and risk – the anterior insula.

This interesting result shows that it’s not just a matter of raising dopamine levels overall. Brain scientists have to understand how to target dopamine production in the right areas of the brain in order to help people overcome depression, low energy, and other medical issues associated with this neurotransmitter.”

 

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Saman Ansari

A virologist in making, with special interest in emerging viruses, vaccines and science magazines. She is also the founder of Biologydecoded.com