How to trick your brain into enjoying difficult things.

Have you ever wondered why it’s so much easier to spend hours scrolling through social media or watching Youtube videos than it is to study or work on a project? This video from Better Than Yesterday does a fantastic job of explaining why your brain’s reward circuitry sometimes seems to work against your best interests, and how it can be tweaked with something called a dopamine detox:

For one whole day you will try to have as little fun as possible. You won’t be using the internet or any technology like your phone or computer. You’re not allowed to listen to music, you’re not allowed to masturbate or eat any junk food. Basically you’re going to remove all sources of external pleasure from the entire day.

You’re going to embrace boredom. And trust me, there will be a lot of boredom.