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This question is regarding Dopamine and possible ways to cause some related trigger or spark.

Now, the concept/objective is to get into that "motivated/fun/interested" state. So, you feel some what energetic, and that a lot of things around you are very engaging. You feel good doing it, and You want to do it and you enjoy doing it.

e.g: Room: -> Books* -> Trigger some spark that makes me feel very motivated and "up", I enter this state oh I should read that book, no wait I'l read this book first, with the feeling of passion and that.

Now, weather it is placebo, placebo is still placebo and fine or whatever you would like to call it.

Overall: May you please suggestion some actions to do (food,audio,visual,action,thinking,etc) that would help trigger some boost regarding Dopamine.

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I am not sure if the premise of this question is correct. Dopamine gets released normally on completing or achieving or reaching a reward state. It has been experimented and found that this release can be triggered earlier(in mice). However, the benefits of a dopamine release before you even start on a task is something I find hard to see any benefits of. Dopamine is not directly correlated to flow state, hence without references, even that assertion does not hold. –  AsheeshR Dec 25 '13 at 16:28
    
I have read in several places lately about the role of dopamine levels and feelings of motivation when just thinking about engaging in activities. Ex- sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130110094415.htm –  Dallas Jan 31 at 4:26
    
@user65544 You might be interested in this related question productivity.stackexchange.com/questions/2902/… –  Dallas Jan 31 at 4:30

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Dopamine is released whenever you accomplish a premeditated task whether it's getting a promotion or finishing cooking dinner. It's the addiction to the feeling of dopamine that helps us achieve the goals.

But you really should look into other triggers for the motivational feeling you are after and other chemicals your body produces to help you do this, especially serotonin and oxytocin. These give you real motivational feelings. To get them, start envisioning things that inspire you and in particular how this benefits other people. Once you start getting addicted to those, you'll be well on your way to make a real impact in your community and even change the world.

Read "Leader's Eat Last" by Simon Sinek. He gives a fantastic explanation of dopamine, along with other chemicals that give humans a feel good response: serotonin, oxytocin and endorphins. He also talks a great deal about cortisol (the stress hormone). In fact, these chemical addictions are the premise of the whole book. http://amzn.com/1591845327

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