Endorphins and mood. Pleasure and pain.

Endorphins generate pleasure and soothe pain. These endogenous opioids mutually enhance each other with phasic dopamine, the central neurotransmitter of the reward system. A positive mental focus -plus the reward system- help us to improve mood, endorphins, pleasure, and to soothe the pain. While, with negative thinking endorphins and pleasure are low, pain increases and mood goes down.

We had on the NeuroQuotient® agenda, for a long time, the idea of writing about endorphins and mood, and their relationship with pleasure and pain.

A few words from Marta Ligioiz – a speaker at a meeting of AEDIPE Catalonia on ‘neuroscience applied to people management’ – reminded us of our purpose.

Speaking of endorphins, he said more or less the following: ‘There are days when everything hurts and every time we feel worse. We are not aware that, precisely, we feel pain because our mood is very low. Encouraging us is the way to find ourselves physically better.

And it is that endorphins, pleasure and pain are intimately connected. With the positive mood endorphins are generated.  Endorphins not only produce pleasure, but also soothe the pain. Quite the opposite of the negative vicious circle: ‘I’m not feeling well, everything hurts, I get discouraged more and feel more pain.

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How to improve self-esteem and mood (from neuroscience).

We propose a way to improve self-esteem and mood. The knowledge of behavioral neuroscience that provides NeuroQuotient® helps us to do it. Although the article is aimed at psychologists and coaches, we can all take advantage of it. Self-esteem and mood are very low in depression. The strategy we propose is based on strengthening neuro behaviors opposed to those most characteristic of this disorder.

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