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A Chemical for All Seasons

18 Jan

girl dressed in red

We all know what readers of National Skirt Week like the most: skirts and all the other sexy accoutrements of womanhood.  More likely, you don’t know why.  Of course, we like looking at sexy women, but why?

The Brain is a Feel Good Organ

The answer lies in a chemical that our brain produces called dopamine.  This chemical makes us feel really good.  The brain produces it when it’s stimulated by things we like to see, do, hear, feel, smell, taste, and so on.  So, when we gaze upon an attractive woman in a skirt we feel good and that stimulates the brain to produce some dopamine which in turn makes us feel even better.

Help Your Brain Help You

As you might have guessed from the short list above, there are many things stimulate the production of dopamine.

  • Look at interesting things.  Aside from beautiful women we can look at beautiful sunsets, beautiful architecture, or a beautiful painting.  If you look at something beautiful with a beautiful woman at you side, your brain will go bonkers!
  • Play.  You can play with your children or grandchildren, friends and colleagues.  What’s important is that you play.  Games can run the gamut from computer games to casino games to briny games (in unalphabetical order).  People who play casino games online say that it’s often better than playing at a land based casino.  Find a Vegas casino online and play there.  You’ll have more time to help your brain get jiggy with dopamine.
  • There are so many other things we can do to get our brain stimulated to produce dopamine.  Creative activity is the true brain food!
  • Exercise is well-known to produce a kind of high.  Hello, dopamine!  Swimming may be the best exercise; runners swear by it; bicycle riding is also very good; and the under-appreciated walking does a great job of making us feel good.
  • Need we mention sex?  Good sex with a happy partner feeds the brain with joy-bearing chemicals including dopamine.
  • Listen to music.  We think that the best music results in the most stimulation such as classical, folk, groovy rock n’ roll and the like.  But if you really get off on rap or heavy metal, then by all means.
  • Get some sun.  The sun’s rays help our bodies produce many helpful things including dopamine and vitamin D.  But we must urge you to temper your exposure to the sun because we aren’t sure that it doesn’t also produce skin cancer.
  • Get an adult hobby.  It’s also good to work hard to remove bad habits.  One way to do so and to get your brain feeling really good is to substitute bad habitual behavior with a good hobby.  Enter any hobby store and you’ll see a vast world of hobbying pleasure.
  • Drive.  We definitely do not mean to drive in rush hour on a hot day with the sun in your eyes!  We mean: hit the open road.  We have reduced our automobile vacationing so much in the past 40 or so years that by now we can see what we are missing.  The open road beckons to us.  We don’t need a cross country trip; just a nice excursion on a weekend eveningWe can travel to a nearby city.  We can go to a small town.  Sample the local restaurant.  Maybe see a live performance.  Look at the artwork of the local artists. We can get outdoors in a park with bicycle rentals, hiking, or simply walking trails.The key here is to begin the day with a planned road trip.
  • Touch someone.  Holding hands is a great stimulator.  Just holding hands has been shown to produce a kind of joy that is hard to reproduce in any other way.  Grandparents can attest to the awesome joy they get when a grandchild offers to hold their hand.  Massage is a form of therapy for a very good reason: it feels great!

Increase Dopamine with Food and Drink

We can also eat and drink our way to happiness the dopamine way.  Some of the claims regarding food and drink are unproven.  For example, some claim that caffeine stimulates dopamine production.  We can’t encourage the consumption of vast quantities of coffee.  Green tea has many other good components and a small amount of caffeine.

Some fats are good for us and some not.  Trans fats are the bad guys of the moment.  Saturated fats remain on the eat less list.  Avocadoes, olive oil, and coconut oil are at the head of the class circa 2018.

Turmeric has become the spice of the times.  They say that it’s best if you can get real turmeric root and grind it yourself.

All the green savory herbs like parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme are good.  So are basil and oregano even if they didn’t fit the music.

Even here sugar is on the no-no list!

If you can stand the taste, brewer’s yeast is rich in the B-complex of vitamins which is good for dopamine.

Raw nuts and seeds are good.  Roasting destroys many of the healthful components of the nuts.

Gingko Biloba is supposed to do magical things for any number of bodily functions so why not enhance dopamine, too?

If you like fish, you’re in luck.  Fish oils are said to stimulate dopamine production.  But we are told to eat fish that lived in their natural habitat, not pond-raised fish.

Conclusion

Skirts are far from the only things that make us feel good.  One of the more pleasant outcomes of looking at women in skirts is that it stimulates dopamine in our brains.  As it turns out, quite a few activities, foods, and drinks do so as well.  All good!

 

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