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How To Hack Your Dopamine To Stop Reaching For Your Phone & Experience More Pleasure With Dr. Anna Lembke

My guest today is Dr. Anna Lembke, professor of psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine and chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic and author of the instant New York Times best seller Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence.On this episode, we talk about:

  • what dopamine is and what it does in your body
  • why you don’t necessarily want to raise your dopamine levels (despite what pop science leads you to believe)
  • how the way our brain is wired is mismatched with the modern world (and how to fix it)
  • why you can’t stop reaching for your phone (even when you’re supposedly doing something you like more)
  • an easy hack to experience more pleasure in all of your daily experiences
  • the surprising reason why rates of chronic pain, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression are going up
  • a science-backed way to overcome the initial hurdles of doing hard things that we know are good for us
  • examples of high dopamine activities we want to lean away from and low dopamine activities we want to lean into more
  • the neuro-scientific reason wealthier people are often MORE unhappy
  • what a dopamine fast is and how to do it

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