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Making Reality as Pleasurable as a Fantasy

Generally we think of dopamine as the neurochemical which gives us pleasure. We think of it as integral to our reward system. However, I would argue that the neurochemicals which are truly the seat of pleasure, are the ones that allow us to tap into feelings of contentment, joy, and love: the present moment neurochemicals of serotonin, oxytocin, endorphins, and endocannabinoids. True pleasure is about feeling and appreciating an experience in the moment, whereas, “cheap pleasure” or the thrill of dopamine is merely about fantasy.

I’m a licensed mental health therapist who loves combining neuroscience, holistic health, somatic work, and spirituality to give people tools to heal trauma.

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