Learning how to motivate your child – Dopamine
4 Ways in Which Dopamine Will Get Your Kid Hooked on Martial Arts
Our bodies are equipped with incredible response systems that identify personal and environmental triggers all around us. For the bad triggers, we are posed with a fight or flight question that our body involuntarily chooses for us. But for some of the good triggers, our bodies releasing natural chemicals in the form of a “reward” when we do something good, complete a project, or accomplish a goal.
This personal happiness drug is known as dopamine. Your brain secretes the hormone when you achieve a milestone or feel a sense of pride in something that you complete. Dopamine is present in both kids, as well as adults, providing a sense of personal satisfaction that motivates you go to out there and achieve that sensation again.
Well, this personal happiness drug can get your kid hooked on self-discipline, self-confidence, and goal-setting within our kids martial arts programs. Here’s how:
In order to advance levels with our martial arts programs, kids need to exercise self-discipline. They have to be respectful of their bodies, of the masters that came before them, and of their peers. When they achieve their first graduation to the next level, they will associate this newfound mental discipline with the excretion of dopamine. As a result, since they will crave that feeling again, they will assume that discipline is always part of the winning equation.
With this natural drive to do better and achieve their goals, kids will start to grow their confidence and self-esteem. Many kids come to our programs scared, bullied, and lacking in confidence. When they start to see they are capable of advancing and achieving their goals, they will start to feel a newfound confidence. Since they will crave more dopamine, they will pursue activities and behaviors that strengthen their personal self-confidence.
- Addiction to Accomplishments:
We all want and crave pleasurable rushes – it feels good to us as people. That’s the exact sensation that comes from dopamine, which means your kids will be addicted to accomplishing their goals. This will extend into their everyday life and everything they do, including testing in school, musical instrument performances, etc.
- Pure Happiness:
We feel good when we experience a rush of dopamine. We feel happy, excited, and energetic, helping us to take on whatever comes next. Childhood depression and anxiety is at an all-time high right now, which means our martial arts programs and level advancements will help your kid to be healthier and happier on a daily basis. Who doesn’t want that for their child?
Get Hooked on Dopamine
Here at Bay Area Martial Arts, we watch children transform before our very eyes into confident, driven, disciplined, and energetic kids. They understand there is a reward for working hard and never giving up, which is exactly how we structure our classes. We’re hooked on dopamine here at Bay Area Martial Arts – we’re ready for you to be, too.