Sprinkles of Love and Understanding

Endorphins fight pain and can create a sense of euphoria, which increase with illicit and prescribed opioid use, laughter, coitus, and aerobic more so than anaerobic exercise. Oxytocin creates a bond between people that is released with physical touch. Cortisol is a stress hormone that facilitates the fight-or-flight response by fueling the release of sugar reserves when in danger, which is good, although a constant surge may create harmful blood glucose elevations and can suppress the immune system. Epinephrine or adrenaline release through fight-or-flight, negative thoughts, stress, pain, powerful emotions, such as anger, and stimulants can cause vasoconstriction, hypertension, and increased glucose levels.

Moreover, a continually elevated blood pressure can lead to coronary artery disease, stroke, peripheral vascular disease, and heart attack, among other undesirable ailments. Chronically increased blood sugar levels may cause diabetes, which has the potential to create each of the aforementioned disease processes and a myriad more. We are able to prevent, stop, or decrease the likeliness toward acquiring those ailments by controlling and mastering ourselves. Decide to eat less salt, sugar, and saturated fats, therefore mitigating the possibility of succumbing to unwarranted effects we do not desire in our lives.

Salt, saturated fats, and especially sugar can create instant gratification by dissolving rapidly on our tongue, creating a positive stimuli-habit-reward feedback loop. Like a dog being conditioned to salivate upon hearing a bell, immediately anticipating food, we too can be programmed in a similar manner. Fortunately, we can change our behavior, input, and responses to stimuli through intentional conscious control, therefore leading to subconscious automatic actions. This is why it is crucial not to eat candy, drink pop or chew gum full of sugar while trying to quit smoking or give up any bad habit.

No matter what, love and accept yourself where you are. Don’t procrastinate becoming the best you possible. Help yourself and others compassionately, not hoping for healing or success by passively standing by without action. Forget the plan, lest paralysis by analysis sets in. Just decide and get busy doing it. Begin living your dream life today.

Serotonin

Serotonin can enhance mood, memory, and intentionally positive behaviors, among other beneficial responses. Serotonin may be more available when we obtain recognition, praise, inspiration, motivation, exercise, healthy food, sunlight, and by taking certain antidepressant medication. If we constantly have negative self-talk, antidepressant medication and exercise will not bring us out of diminishing energy levels, poor moods, and feelings of not being fulfilled until the underlying thoughts, attitudes, and self-limiting beliefs are remedied. Choosing positive thoughts, attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, and environments will change your life. Somebody else is not responsible for your happiness. Thinking that someone else can create your long-term happiness is an erroneous, futile, and impossible feat. Get off that slippery slope before falling into icy waters, which will freeze an already cold and hardened heart. Only you hold the key to true lasting joy, peace, and happiness. Shred or delete your façade and discard. Transform through becoming love.

Dopamine

Major neurotransmitters and hormones that create positive or negative effects on us include dopamine, serotonin, endorphins, oxytocin, cortisol, and epinephrine. Dopamine aids in concentration, motivation, and is responsible for our reward feedback loop. Dopamine is released in response to eating, consuming caffeine and sugar, gambling, pornography, sex, alcohol, shopping, smoking cigarettes and consuming other nicotine releasing substances, illicit stimulants, and various things that feel good to us. Dopamine releasing behaviors done carelessly or irresponsibly can give us a temporary state of feeling good, thus the rewarding response facilitates cyclical repetitive behavioral patterns. In the long run, poor behaviors have the potential to wreak havoc on ourselves and everyone around us. Alternatively, healthy ways to elevate the neurotransmitter dopamine include physical activity, meditation, sunlight, hobbies, music, love-making, massage, and other enjoyable and beneficial activities. What beneficial modalities are you incorporating each day to increase dopamine in your life? What nonproductive activities and habits can be eradicated and replaced with productive responsible routines?

Adventure

“Make voyages! Attempt them… there’s nothing else” (Tennessee Williams). Demand of yourself to be and do all the good you possibly can while passing through upon this adventurous journey we call life. The law of attraction mandates similar blessings be returned to you. Follow the Golden Rule. Do to others what you want done to you. Also, judiciously do to others what they want done to them. What new creative adventures have you taken this week? Additionally, ask yourself, “In what ways have I been generous with my time, gifts, skills, abilities, talents, finances, kindness, consideration, touch, words, encouragement, gratitude, and love today?”

Being Generous

According to Newton’s third law, for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Being our thoughts are in constant motion, 24/7, they are creating and giving back what is placed in our minds. Persistently and genuinely desire more goodness upon others and yourself, while intentionally working toward creating an enhanced gratitude, kindness and compassion mentality, emotionally, socially, economically, spiritually, and physically. Actively pursue and show generosity, in turn, reaping much more than what is gifted. We may not know the blessings returned, yet they manifest in health, wealth, love, happiness, security, or some other form. Be intentionally scrupulous today and always, reaping wonderful rewards.

Changed Mind Equals Changed Life

Downregulation decreases neurotransmitter receptors, whereas upregulation increases receptors. Sensitivity to molecules decreases with downregulation. Smoking anything containing nicotine can cause upregulation, necessitating more nicotine to obtain similar effects. Additionally, note that nicotine has an affinity for the hemoglobin molecule, which is on the red blood cell carrying oxygen to every cell in our body. Nicotine takes the place of approximately half of the oxygen molecules on hemoglobin. Remember that oxygen is life and life ends when our oxygen supply ends. In ischemia, lack of oxygen perfusing or circulating to tissue and vital organs, cells can die. If this sounds scary, it’s because it is! If you’re serious about stopping smoking—do it! Read the book, “The Little Engine That Could,” each night for 30 days. You can do anything with a changed and made up mind.

Change Starts with a Decision

We each possess approximately one hundred billion neurons in our brain. New neuronal connections and pathways make learning and growing possible. Each rudimentary structure of a neuron has a cell body, axon, and dendrites. Chemical messages called neurotransmitters act as keys, traveling in unidirectional routes from presynaptic axonal terminals across the synapse to dendritic doorways, which unlock vastly powerful biological reactions that help or hinder our physiological processes within out body and mind. We can control various chemicals produced in our soma and brains by creating many of our feelings and emotions through our thoughts, attitudes, behaviors, actions, and reactions toward ourselves, others, situations, and circumstances. Forming new habits can, in turn, produce more dendritic receptors and rearrange synaptic links through what is known as neuroplasticity.

Respond Responsibly

“A leader or a man of action in a crisis almost always acts subconsciously and then thinks of the reasons for his actions” (Jawaharlal Nehru). Our words and actions may easily be produced if we are unjustly pushed to the ground by a stranger. By preconceiving what we would do prior to an event happening we can recondition a previously conditioned response. We have the power to control our thoughts, attitudes, words, perceptions, and behaviors, in turn, governing ourselves and our responses responsibly toward both internal and external stimuli.

Opportunity for Growth

We can control our conscious mind, therefore reprogramming our subconscious mind. The conditioning we received into our subconscious mind from our parents, relatives, teachers and other environmental factors while growing up can be altered and improved upon. Our breathing is automatic, yet we can consciously control breathing, thus change our mood and how we feel. The same holds true to our automatic subconscious mind in relation to our conscious mind. Don’t allow circumstances to control you—rather, make opportunities out of discomfort through self-control, hard work, and constant and never ending improvement, thus leading to self-mastery.

Leveraged Habitual Thinking

The rapid speed of thought, actions, and reactions performed in the subconscious mind have no fighting relation to the performance, speed, and effectiveness of the slow conscious mind. Thoughts travel through our subconscious or automatic mind at an incredible velocity compared to our conscious mind. Think of walking from New York to Las Angeles versus driving from each location going 270 mph on an imagined autobahn in a Hennessey Venom F5 with limitless speed restrictions without any risk of injury or harm. Leveraging our automatic subconscious mind over our slower conscious mind makes us more effective and efficient in every area of our lives, while pursuing any desire we choose.