Psychology Today highlights precisely how dopamine manages motivation and focus in human beings: “Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers. Dopamine also helps regulate movement and emotional response, and it enables us not only to see rewards, but to take action to move toward them.” These are valuable insights on their own, but it’s even more intriguing to learn that it is possible for people to increase the amount of dopamine that their bodies produce. Please continue reading in order to maximize the pleasure you experience in life—and in order to help other people enhance their own life enjoyment.
#1: Have milk and eggs for breakfast.
Tyrosine is vital for dopamine production, and both milk and eggs help generate tyrosine. So by drinking a glass of milk and eating and an egg for breakfast every day, you should experience a boost in daily pleasure.
#2: Avoid addictions.
Instant gratification such as drugs, alcohol, sex, pornography, and shopping should be avoided because they decrease dopamine levels in the long-term. The brain’s “reward circuitry” must work harder to produce dopamine during “quick hits,” and this decreases production in the long run.
#3: Utilize checklists.
Dopamine levels increase when specific tasks are accomplished, so the more things you check-off your lists, the more pleasure you will experience.
#4: Have almonds or avocados for a morning snack.
These foods are also excellent tyrosine resources, so popping a few almonds in your mouth throughout the morning or taking the time to enjoy an avocado will make the entire morning more enjoyable in general.
#5: Be creative.
Writers, painters, sculptors, poets, singers, and dancers can become extremely focused when they’re creating, and they can actually enter a state called flow—which dopamine enables us to experience. If you don’t have a hobby like one of the ones mentioned above, then you’re missing out on greater pleasure overall.
#6: Eat watermelon or yogurt as part of your lunch.
Watermelon and yogurt are also tyrosine treasure troves, and adding them to your lunch can both balance out your plate and enhance your enjoyment in all aspects of life.
#7: Get active.
Exercise aids in relieving anxiety and in boosting dopamine levels, so it’s exponentially beneficial overall. More precisely, exercise increases multiple neurotransmitters such as serotonin, endorphins, and dopamine; even going for a short walk will be beneficial.
#8: Track streaks.
This has similar impacts to keeping checklists; tracking streaks increases dopamine levels, so if you highlight streaks on your checklists then your pleasure will be enhanced exponentially again.
#9: Drink straight-up coffee or tea in the afternoon.
When you need to whet your whistle in the afternoon, opt for black coffee or green tea. These drinks are high in tyrosine, and as has been discussed, tyrosine leads to increased dopamine levels.
#10: Listen to music.
This increases dopamine levels; scientists argue that listening to music is just like eating delicious food or watching entertaining movies. Don’t all of these things make you happy?
Meditation prevents overthinking, and Buddhists argue that overthinking is like having the mind of a monkey. To avoid feeling perplexed unnecessarily, develop your spiritual aspect by meditating and becoming more mindful and self-reflective. All of this boosts dopamine levels.
#12: Eat chicken or beef for dinner.
This meat and poultry is also high in tyrosine, so eating them will enable your body to produce more dopamine and to experience more pleasure.
#13: Consume supplements.
Acetyl-l-tyrosine is a building block of dopamine, curcumin boosts dopamine (and is also found in curry spices and turmeric), ginkgo biloba keeps dopamine circulating longer, and L-theanine increases multiple neurotransmitters such as dopamine (and it’s also found in green tea).
All human bodies accumulate harmful toxins and bacteria, but endotoxins in particular harm the immune system and hinder dopamine production. In order to limit endotoxins, eat fermented food, sleep at least seven hours at night, and do not consume fatty or sugary foods. And—of course—do toxic cleanses regularly.
#15: Eat chocolate and bananas for dessert.
When consumed in moderation, chocolate and bananas will boost dopamine and pleasure by boosting tyrosine.