The act of making decisions, setting goals, choosing – these all trigger the brain to release dopamine. Boosting your dopamine levels makes you feel better. Making decisions has a calming effect generally, and reduces the pull towards negative impulses.79,82 It removes some of the ‘unknowns’ so you know what to expect. That then puts you in a better place to plan how to put your decision into action and to get things done, establishing a virtuous circle.
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