Eudonic rewards

Unlike hedonic reward, eudonic rewards do not easily lead to compulsive and addictive behaviour.

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  1. Sounds good. Do you have any examples?

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  2. Dear IvsC, thank you for your comment. I got that statement from a book I am currently reading “Wired for Joy” by Laurel Mellin, which I am enjoying and will write more about it in the coming days.

    An example of a eudonic reward is “a reward you get when you bring soup to a sick neighbour or hold your tongue instead of telling someone I told you so. It is the reward of being good, of being of higher purpose, and of spirit instead of ego.”
    “Eudonic pleasures are produced because there are strong connections between the conscious thought of the neocortical brain and the moral and reward centres of the emotional brain – the combination of the limbic brain and the reptilian brain.
    Doing something meaningful – even just the thought of being good – awakens the pleasure centres of the brain, sending ripples of joy through your body.
    You might say you are naturally built to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. It is woven in your psyche, because without that capacity to share resources during times of need, the human species would not have survived.”

    Coincidentally yesterday I was watching Dr Wayne Dyer’s DVD “Experiencing the Miraculous” and he was talking about a study whereby they measured serotonin blood levels of the recipient of an act of kindness, the giver and someone who was just witnessing the act of kindness – and in all 3 the serotonin levels increased!

    She continues “eudonic rewards are not easily sated. Instead of the brain adapting to them so that, in time, we are like rats on a whell wanting more and more, the brain continues to produce feel-good neurotransmitters in response to these plessures for life”.

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