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Friday, November 28, 2014
Daily Post: Reward Yourself...
I think people have trouble rewarding themselves because they associate rewards with ease, with absolute lack of difficulty. They think the reward has to fall out of the sky, that actually, aggressively pursuing satisfaction is “too hard” to be rewarding. But brain research indicates that we reach a state of “flow,” or maximum positive brain stimulation (read Mihaly Csikszentmihaly or Gregory Berns) when we’re doing something difficult. Mountain climbers get a happy rush of dopamine while ascending a steep face. Crossworders get it from the Sunday Times-the hardest puzzle of the week. Mihaly Csikszentmihaly experienced it while trying to spell his own name. Counterintuitively, the most enjoyable things are difficult.