Dopamine acts as a "feel good" chemical reaction in your body. It's produced when your brain is anticipating a reward or doing something you associate with pleasure, such as eating a favourite food, fishing, anticipating a great vacation, checking things off your to-do list, or getting likes on your social media.
The right amount of dopamine leaves you feeling accomplished, satisfied and happy. It can even motivate you to continue doing things to extend that pleasant feeling, which is good if you are exercising but not so good if you are eating freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.
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