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    Has anyone ever experienced or heard of the phenomena in which a person experiences a very momentary, yet very intense, feeling of happiness? It happened to me this morning. It was a different kind of happiness than the usual kind...if you know what I mean. It lasted just a second, but I definitely felt something... An idea that popped into my head was the random buildup of dopamine or something, that then is released across the synapse all at once, in a larger amount than usual, or something like that. Any ideas?


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    Do you mean like the intense but, fleeting happiness that happens when you've spent weeks on an assignment and its finally done?


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    Quote Originally Posted by GhostofMaxwell
    Do you mean like the intense but, fleeting happiness that happens when you've spent weeks on an assignment and its finally done?
    No, I wouldn't say it's that type of happiness. It was so short that I'm really not sure what it was like, but perhaps kind of like a 'love' sort of happiness...
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    Hmmmm what its just spontaneous, for no apparent reason?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GhostofMaxwell
    Hmmmm what its just spontaneous, for no apparent reason?
    right. exactly.
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    a sudden spurt of endorphins ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chemboy
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    Hmmmm what its just spontaneous, for no apparent reason?
    right. exactly.
    I think the word "apparent" in "for no apparent reason" might be the key here. There probably was some stimulus in the environment, some thought pattern that had been building up in your brain, that induced this moment of happiness. That's my guess, anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paralith
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    Hmmmm what its just spontaneous, for no apparent reason?
    right. exactly.
    I think the word "apparent" in "for no apparent reason" might be the key here. There probably was some stimulus in the environment, some thought pattern that had been building up in your brain, that induced this moment of happiness. That's my guess, anyway.
    Yeah I sometimes think of something that is such a revelation, that its euphoric.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chemboy
    Has anyone ever experienced or heard of the phenomena in which a person experiences a very momentary, yet very intense, feeling of happiness? It happened to me this morning. It was a different kind of happiness than the usual kind...if you know what I mean. It lasted just a second, but I definitely felt something... An idea that popped into my head was the random buildup of dopamine or something, that then is released across the synapse all at once, in a larger amount than usual, or something like that. Any ideas?
    You had a flasssssshhhhhhhhh Baaaaaaack to a previous endorphin rush ex-ex-ex-perience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marnixR
    a sudden spurt of endorphins ?
    that's basically what i was thinking...but is that known to happen?
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    Yeah loads, I actually know what you mean but I tend to be excessively happy anyway!
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    Yehh, I have experienced this as well. It's very brief and is an odd feeling compared to the usual happy; it must be a flood of endorphins or something of that nature.
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