Dopamine levels can be preserved or encouraged.

To preserve existing dopamine, avoid unment expectations—they cause dopamine crash. Mindfulness can help with this. Avoid fear.

To increase it:rR1

  • Pay attention to positive expectations.
  • Focus on incremental improvements.
  • Visualize positive outcomes (as this simulates the scenario).
  • Make simple changes like chair/desk height.
  • Talk through a project with someone.
  • Find entertainment or humor.

  1. David Rock, Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long, 1st ed (New York: Harper Business, 2009). (See notes.)