Get a shot of Dopamine: The mental health benefits of setting and achieving goals.

How often do you set your goals? And how often do you re-read your goals from your list?

You’ve all known that setting goals is a very smart thing to do, but we don’t often realize how important they are for our mental health. Setting realistic goals keeps you focused, sustains your life momentum, triggers new behaviors, and does wonders for your mental health.

The actions to achieve goals are the ways to promote a sense of self mystery and help align your focus. A new research study was conducted among 3000 participants to analyze the importance of setting goals. It was found that those people tended to have less depression and anxiety and displayed persistent and optimistic behavior. In another study, it was found that the people who were more likely to adopt and accept healthy behaviors have a greater sense of life purpose. Let’s discuss the advantages of setting and achieving goals for our mental health.

The Benefits of Goal Setting

Dopamine Boost

Your brain gives you a shot of dopamine when you wish to achieve something, and you finally get it. It can be a reward, a dream job, a life partner, a text message, or maybe a candy bar.

The neurotransmitter dopamine is linked with the happiness that we achieved by achieving something. Dopamine levels rise when you set goals and when you achieve them. Dopamine is something that gives you the motivation to achieve your goals that ultimately have positive effects on your mental health. High motivation means a high level of motivation, while low motivation is achieved by a low level of motivation.

It is possible to boost the level of dopamine by setting and achieving small goals. If you commit yourself to do hard work and then you actually achieve your goals, your brain will ultimately undergo a spike in dopamine. This is the reason that people actually love to work on the to-do list. In this way, you keep checking the things to get a hit of dopamine that is highly significant for your mental health. Repetitive behavior of having the dopamine levels, motivates you to repeat the process of setting goals and work hard to achieve them.

If you break down the bigger goals into smaller achievable sections, you will keep the dopamine flowing. Every time you achieve your smaller goals, you will get a shot of dopamine. For instance, if you want to work out fifteen days in a month, mark each success on the calendar throughout your week. In this way, your brain will see, register the achievements, and ultimately the level of dopamine keeps flowing.

Increased Dopamine = More Productivity

Goal setting and achieving is the ultimate way to get a high shot of dopamine that directly increases your overall life productivity. Your performance from goal setting gets improved when

You have sufficiently challenging and specific goals

Concerning goals, feedback is given to show progress.

You get a reward, maybe in the form of money, whenever you achieve a goal

The manager, experimenter, or friend is supportive