It’s the neurotransmitter responsible for pleasure [among other things]. Consider for a moment the possibility that we all produce it at the same rate.
So what would that imply about depressed people?
We’ve shown over and over again how the human brain perceives time. How it controls your sleep, your sunburn, and your height. If we can assume just for a minute that everyone’s brains produce the same amount of dopamine, how would that fit into our theory?
That would mean the most stressed people would constantly be low on dopamine. So those people that are aging the fastest are also the most unhappy.
I think we can agree that stress is the opposite of happiness. So people that are the most stressed are the least happy. What if we all had the same amount? Could that even be possible? If dopamine is the opposite of stress, the most stressed people would run out of dopamine first.
It’s about time perception. The more stressed you are, the slower time moves for you. And the longer your days, the less dopamine you have at the end.
So if I told you that you had the same amount of dopamine as the person next to you, what would you do differently? If time is relative, and this chemical is produced relative to that perception of time, reduce your stress to increase your happy.