Day 126, 10pts, 2.21

[ROUTINE]
RUN: 9MPH, 10MIN, 1.5MILES;
LEARN: LUENBERGER;
SWIM: 20R;
WRITE: TYM, PELICAN, 3HRS;

[OTHERS]
DECO: ONLINE SEARCH, BUY ONLINE? IT’S UNLIKELY I CAN GET IT DONE BY 1.31. BUT AT LEAST I SHOULD REPLACE SOFA.

[HAPPY MOMENT]
CHAT WITH Z.

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The Eagles – Hotel California

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WRITING: ON HABITS, 4

In the book “the willpower instinct”, Kelly McGonigal pins habits to their biological basis—dopamine.

Evolution has wired human brain with primitive instincts. In ancient times of scarcity, those who jump on the first sight of sexy mate or food, survive for another day to spread their genes; those who don’t are eliminate by nature. These primitive instincts—ingrained in our brain—are controlled by the dopamine release. The dopamine release creates craving, the anxious feeling of wanting and desire that propel human into action.

Today we live in a new environment of abundance, food- or sex mate-wise. But genetic old habits die hard—human brain has yet to adapt. Without self-control, jumping on every primitive instinct—cookie or sexy encounter—is a sure recipe for misery: Obesity, gambling, shopping, sex,  drug, all sorts of additions, can traced their origin to dopamine release.

Indeed, this mechanism is how retailers and marketers get us addicted. They drain our wallet by manipulating our dopamine neurons with what we see, smell, hear, and taste. The background music, the lightning, the sexy saleswomen,  free samples of cookie, all are carefully engineered to exaggerate the sensations of food, sex, alcohol, car, gambling, work—the dopamine release.

Naively following our instinct, we fall prey to these sales tricks. Is there any wonder we overspend, buying what we don’t need? Or, the purchase seeing at home is less attractive than we see it in the store? The culprit is dopamine.

So what does the rush of dopamine feel like?

“I feel the earth move under my feet
I feel the sky tumbling down, tumbling down
I feel my heart start to trembling
Whenever you’re around”

—I Feel The Earth Move, by Carole King

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOKx0xy8QE8

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Pop Songs

YOUR SONG

Your Song

Music by Elton John
Lyrics by Bernie Taupin
Available on the album Elton John

It’s a little bit funny this feeling inside
I’m not one of those who can easily hide
I don’t have much money but boy if I did
I’d buy a big house where we both could live

If I was a sculptor, but then again, no
Or a man who makes potions in a travelling show
I know it’s not much but it’s the best I can do
My gift is my song and this one’s for you

And you can tell everybody this is your song
It may be quite simple but now that it’s done
I hope you don’t mind
I hope you don’t mind that I put down in words
How wonderful life is while you’re in the world

I sat on the roof and kicked off the moss
Well a few of the verses well they’ve got me quite cross
But the sun’s been quite kind while I wrote this song
It’s for people like you that keep it turned on

So excuse me forgetting but these things I do
You see I’ve forgotten if they’re green or they’re blue
Anyway the thing is what I really mean
Yours are the sweetest eyes I’ve ever seen
And you can tell everybody this is your song
It may be quite simple but now that it’s done
I hope you don’t mind
I hope you don’t mind that I put down in words
How wonderful life is while you’re in the world
I hope you don’t mind
I hope you don’t mind that I put down in words
How wonderful life is while you’re in the world