Variety is the spice of life. No one can deny that. There’s a book out there that shows that if you’re looking for satisfaction in routines, you’re probably not going to find it.
One of these books is Satisfaction: The Science of Finding True Fulfillment by Gregory Burns, a professor of psychology at Emory. His research includes athletes, S/M practitioners, even sex with his own wife. And he concludes that doing something outside your comfort zone makes you happy Ã¢â‚¬â€ it can trigger a release of the neurotransmitter dopamine, a mood-lifter.
While routines can be comforting, they’re not always fertile land for groundbreaking ideas. Have any of you found this to be true? What routines are you bucking to find happiness?