Improve Things for Your Future Self

Another aspect of being unable to move past the present moment and plan for the future is how the neurotransmitter dopamine influences our actions. Humans abide by the pleasure principle; we seek pleasure and avoid pain whenever possible, even subconsciously. Acting self-disciplined very rarely brings you pleasure, and most of the time it actively brings some measure of pain or at least discomfort. That’s a problem. We must change the way we think about pleasure and pain, and who we want to benefit the most: in most cases, your future self.

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