Ok, so does NoFap make you happier? Even to the point of helping with depression?
NoFap makes you happier yes, but as with so many other things, it depends. If you have serious problems in life causing you misery, then of course NoFap is not going to magically solve all of your problems and suddenly make you jumping with joy, however, well, let’s talk about it…
Does NoFap Make You Happier?
The most common benefits guys who start doing NoFap report are…
- Increased energy
- Increased confidence
- Increased attraction to the opposite sex
- Increased motivation and drive
- Decreased depression and increased happiness
Of course there are a lot more benefits than those, but if I could only pick 5 things, those are the most common ones.
Now, just exactly how does NoFap decrease depression and increase your mood?
How Does NoFap Make You Happier?
There are many things that could be going on here and let’s take a look at a couple of them.
Most guys are not just masturbating, but let’s face it, they are fapping to porn.
So what?, you might say, is that such a bad thing then?
Porn makes you more unhappy…
Well, perhaps not for everyone, but for a LOT of guys it really can be a big problem. Now, the porn we had many years ago, like adult magazines and old VHS video tapes were not a problem, HOWEVER…
…today’s high speed internet porn has become so incredible stimulating that our brains reward circuitry can not handle it without getting desensitized.
It has also to do with HOW we are using porn nowadays. Many guys, in fact most guys, are using tube sites and are using porn like this…
- They search for a video and watch it for about 30 seconds
- Then that clip becomes boring and they instantly look for another clip
- Perhaps they see a suggested video under the one they are watching and jump to that one instead
- And so they click form scene to scene and “KEEP CHASING THE PERFECT SCENE TO FINISH TO”
Porn and dopamine…
It is that last sentence there that really messes up the brain. The clicking from scene to scene…
…you see, when you are watching a porn clip, your dopamine levels are high, but they start to drop back down after just a little while…
…and this is when you click to a new video clip, and so your dopamine shoots back up again. This is why you keep clicking from scene to scene. To keep your dopamine sky high for a long time.
By clicking from video to video you are overriding your natural satiation mechanism…
Now, dopamine is supposed to rise when having sex, but it is also supposed to come back down after a while. But with porn you are overriding that by clicking to a new video when dopamine drops, and when you do that you are causing harm to your brain…
…this is because your brain starts to protect itself from all the unnaturally high dopamine by killing off a few of its dopamine receptors.
The problem is, it takes a pretty long take for the brain to regrow those receptors, and now YOU are left with fewer dopamine receptors in the reward circuitry. This biological phenomenon is called “desensitization”.
Less dopamine receptors = less enjoyment for everything in life
Dopamine can only do its job by binding to dopamine receptors, and if you keep burning out your receptors by fapping to porn all the time then you are literally creating a disrupted dopamine system in your brain.
The most common symptoms of a poor functioning dopamine system are…
- Less motivation and drive
- Depression and low mood
- Feelings of shame
- Poor memory
- Poor focus and concentration
So as you can see, frequent fapping to porn can give you all of those negative side effects, and, depression and low mood being two of them.
Depression and low mood. Well, there you have it…
…this is the biggest reason why a lot of guys who start doing NoFap report a significant increase in their happiness.
The happiness that follows a good nofap streak is because the brain starts healing and repairing the damage caused by porn…
…and that is the most common reason why people on NoFap get less depressed and more happy. A well functioning reward center in the brain will make all the small things in life much more enjoyable, while a desensitized reward center, makes everything seem grey and meaningless.
What About NoFap For Non Addicts? Does NoFap also make those guys happier?
Yes, NoFap can also make non porn addicts happier. Not for all the guys, but many of them…
…and this is harder to explain.
It could be due to a small shrinkage of dopamine producing neurons that seem to happen after every ejaculation, or it could perhaps be caused by some hormonal shift.
One thing is for sure though, many guys have reported a big increase in their life satisfaction by abstaining from ejaculation.
Take a look at this video, where Dave Asprey talk about his experience with
semen retention. It’s very interesting to say the least…
Look at the whole video, and make up your own mind. Personally, I like the talk and find it very interesting.
Let’s take a look at a few other examples of NoFap and happiness…
More Examples Of People Who Experienced More Happiness By Doing NoFap…
Here are a few quotes from some other guys reporting increased happiness from doing NoFap…
Guy number 1:
Whenever I get 3 weeks in it is like I start enjoying appreciating all the small things in my life. I can get so much enjoyment just from drinking a cup of coffee after my workday is over. Music suddenly sounds better and it’s like I have a higher baseline level of happiness.
Guy number 2:
If you are struggling with depression, try nofap…seriously! It is a mood booster. When I reach my second weak I usually feel a lot better. Just taking a walk in the nature brings me pleasure. It’s like, if we avoid the instant gratification by fapping to porn, we instead reap the reward of long term happiness.
Guy number 3:
After 30 days of nofap it is like I have a new, much sharper brain. All my senses are sharper. Music sounds better, heck even food tastes better. It’s like my brain is giving me feeling of pleasure for things that previously was everyday ordinary stuff…
Ok, so can you see a common denominator there?
It’s clear that they no longer need very stimulating stuff in order to feel anything. Really, read the quotes again and think about it…
…as you can see, they all suddenly appreciate the small things in life much more.
Well, do you know what word we could use to sum up what they are describing? One single word…?
I guess you do. They are all…”happier”
Does Nofap Make You Happier?
There you have it, the answer to the question, does NoFap make you happier?
Now, of course I don’t have to tell you that if you have a lot of other problems in your life that fapping to porn didn’t cause, of course just going on a NoFap journey is not suddenly going to make all of your problems go away, but then again…
…I don’t think I even need to point that out, do I?
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