Act, think, feel. Act again.
June 4, 2012, 2:58 am
Filed under: Behavior, Brain, Mind

Sometimes you have to act before you are able to feel an emotion. The act aids in creating the feeling. The feeling feeds the action.

“I just don’t feel like working out,” what’s-her-name said.

“I don’t feel like being in the same room as her,” he added.

“I know it’s the right thing, but I don’t feel happy,” said another.

“It’s just too hard, I don’t have it in me,” another chimed in.

The behavior fuels the desire, the desire continues the behavior. 

We know this to be true even on a physiological level (exercise increases dopamine receptors in the brain which enhance pleasure and a state of happiness. Dopamine receptors are shown to decrease with addictions and are a cause of desensitization.)

Habit can be difficult to change. Our actions become instinct and so, well… habitual. So routine. Easy to slip into. Easy to rest in. We are all creatures of habit.

We all have a vice. Or two or five.

What’s your poison?

Our culture tells us we must feel good. Seek pleasure. Have fun! Just enjoy the moment! Just experience yourself! It’s all good. Just go for it! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

“Do not seek pleasure everywhere, but always be ready to find it.” (cannot find proper attribution.) It was on my box of tea once.

It stuck.

Actions searching only for pleasure, only for self-gratification are dangerous territory. Too much of a good thing. Or too much of a bad thing, for that matter. That could hurt.

Here! Appeared while I was meandering.

“The Positive Action program is based on the intuitive philosophy that you feel good about yourself when you do positive actions, and there is always a positive way to do everything. This premise is represented by the Thoughts-Actions-Feelings Circle. It shows that positive thoughts lead to positive actions, positive actions lead to positive feelings about yourself, and positive feelings lead to positive thoughts. The Thoughts-Actions-Feelings Circle, also known as the Positive Action behavior process, serves four purposes…” from





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