Our world is more advanced than ever before in human history. We take safety, comfort, nutrition, and modern medicine for granted because we have everything we could ever need or want right at our fingertips. And yet, suicide, anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses are at an all-time high. People are struggling, and overall satisfaction with life is in decline. So, what's the cause? Why is this happening? And, more importantly, what can we do to fix it?
The human brain has developed in such a way that, like all living systems, it requires and works for homeostasis or balance. Pain and pleasure sit on opposite sides of this scale. When we have too much pain, the brain compensates by releasing hormones and chemicals that bring us pleasure, and vice versa. The further either side is pushed, the more intensely the brain will work to push it back. This is the problem we face in our world: we have access to so many, highly potent, sources of pleasure, that our brain has to work extra hard to get things back into balance (read: push back with pain).
So, what do we do? How do we fix this problem? One immediate solution is something essentially like Dopamine Fasting. We remove our "drug" or whatever it is that is giving us hyper-concentrated amounts of pleasure and allow our brains to reset, rebalance, and restore homeostasis. This "drug" could be something as simple as sugary foods, video games, tv shows, or social media. Watch the video below to get all the details and give your brain a hand.