Over the years several people have discussed suicide and unhappiness in Japan. Some blame culture and work for such results that in reality are not even as big as people make it out to be. I have already made it clear in another article that Japanese are not depressed or unhappy, but there are still questions about it.
Looking for answers about happiness, I came to a small conclusion that being too happy ends up making us sad. The reality is that everything in excess is bad, eating too much, sleeping too much, talking too much, working too much and many other things.
Happiness is usually the result of dopamine, a motivating hormone capable of giving satisfaction, pleasure and joy. With it you are able to perform and seek actions in order to find happiness. The big problem is that by looking for too much happiness you will end up unhappy.
The effect of dopamine on Japanese life
Dopamine is also often linked to sexual desires, some researchers say porn addicts end up lowering their dopamine levels as they look for more extreme things to satisfy themselves. This can result in depression, anxiety and even health problems.
Japan is one of the countries with the largest pornographic industry in the world. If you try to study this universe, you will see a huge number of young virgins, without relationships and pornographic material quite strange compared to the West. Full of fetishes, strange and forbidden things to satisfy those who consume this material.
Dopamine even gets the nickname "addiction molecule" and is present in things like drugs, alcohol and even video games. These fun, harmless things dramatically increase the brain's reward system with dopamine. Japan is the perfect setting for those who want to fill themselves with dopamine happiness.
We have a scene full of games, anime, pornography, landscapes, mountains, temples, museums, castles, concert halls, karaoke, bars, shops and many other places to entertain the population. Something normal that exists in any country, but Japan's capitalism presents a very addictive thing called novelty.
Japan is the country of news and fun
If we always do the same things we will end up getting sick and not feeling happy about it. That is why dopamine stimulates us to seek novelties and new forms of pleasure. The human being has always been driven by new and shocking things. Just look at what's popular today: gossip, controversy and widespread events.
If you create informative, cultural and general content, most people don't care. Now if you write something controversial, widespread, scary, shocking and extravagant, people start sharing and filling it with comments as if there is no tomorrow.
When we Westerners see Japan and its culture, we are passionate and interested in enjoying the countless novelties and possibilities for fun that the country offers. But for the Japanese, these things are normal, including the novelty factor, which makes many not even care as much, or be surprised as we are.
The consumption power of the Japanese, together with the countless possibilities they can enjoy, ends up drastically decreasing the levels of dopamine in their bodies. For this reason some Japanese people work with no purpose in life. They have no motivation or pleasure of their own. They look for something new, but they can't find it anymore.
Many Japanese can find happiness in small things. Others have so much fun that they cannot maintain the proper dopamine level in their body. The Japanese are famous for being dedicated, which can end up bringing some disappointment in reaching certain dreams and goals.
Excess of happiness causes unhappiness
Some believe that happiness comes from the accomplishments and things they have. Some try so hard for money thinking about the future but end up not enjoying anything. Some are empty and dissatisfied even after fulfilling their wishes or because they care too much for pleasures.
People seek too much happiness through dopamine, and many end up frustrated. We must seek happiness through our emotional using another hormone called Oxytocin. Things like a hug, kiss and words are able to release a lot of oxytocin and bring much more happiness.
Trust and acceptance are essential things of the oxytocin that the Japanese seek daily. Unfortunately, some are pressured, excluded and isolated which results in great unhappiness. Perhaps the problem is not with society but with the person who is seeking and making the wrong choices in their friendships.
Of course, even too much oxytocin is bad for you and can make you dependent on emotions, people and a comfort zone. We can conclude that the problem is not in Japan or anywhere in the world, happiness depends on our choices and priorities.
The media is to blame for wrongly influencing people. Companies and marketing psychologically study people to make their sales, presenting news and shocking things that you really don't need to be happy. It is really amazing how easily people are led by the illusion!
So here's the tip and be careful not to do things in excess and end up finding a big void in your life. I would like to detail this subject more, but it will get very big. What is your opinion on the matter? We appreciate comments and shares.