Cant Get No Satisfaction...

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" The value of life lies, not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them; a man may live long, yet live very little. satisfaction in life depends not on the number of your years, but on your will " - Montaigne [ 1533 -92 ]

According to University of Georgia neuroscientist, Gregory Burns, in his book: Satisfaction: The Science of Finding True Fulfilment "...

" I used to think that we want pleasure and happiness, and now I don't think that is the case at all....Happiness and Pleasure are passive emotions, and you don't have to do much to achieve those feelings. I think of Satisfaction in terms of a much more active component "

According to Prof. Burns, satisfaction requires two important components - challenge and novelty - these, in turn require generous portions of dopamine neurotransmitters...

since dopamine production in the brain declines after adolescence, we ' need' less novelty to reach satisfaction as we age [ like hell! ]..so, here I come to the crux of this post/thread..

To stave off decline after adolescence, men have to keep the ' novelty ' alive.. thus we engage in more and more ' extreme' activities and take up riskier ' hobbies/ interests ' - right ?

justification for racing gas powered shopping carts and demolition lawn mower rallies..

also, the scientist claim that our greatest source of novelty and challenge may be " snoring in bed next to us "

don't know if this refers to spouse/significant other , bar pick-up from night before or the dog/cat/ iguana kept as a pet..

anyway..
What I'm asking is what do the various ARRSErs do to keep the dopamine flow to proper levels? [ beyond the kinky sex fantasies variously described in other threads ]...

nude hang gliding over freeways?
full contact golf?
sneaking into maternity wards and switching infant ID bracelets?
filling spouse's best shoes with dog essence before s/he leaves for important business meeting?

let's hear the tales of derring-do that ramp up the dope drip in your cerebleum.. don't care if its ' on-going' or a once in a lifetime risk that made you stop and think : What the hell am I doing? what keeps the hair [ what may be left of it ] standing on end and brings on that happy sigh at the bar afterwards...
 
#2
I've wondered about just such actions...often listened to various cousin's 'last words' associated with this topic...usually something like
"HEY Y'ALL WATCH THIS!!!"

I've wondered about my own actions...usually alone I've:

1. Jumped into the warm gulf waters on a moonless summer's night;

2. Climbed assorted precarious precipices on windy autumn evenings;

3. Streaked through freshly fallen snow on a frosty winter's dawn;

4. Drawn amazingly close to the vortex on springtime tornado safari;

5. Gone to the local mall's weekend extravaganza with a couple of grandkids and a $10 dollar bill;

Could go on about the wilder encounters with cats and rats and elephants...maybe another time...
 

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