How Motivation Affects Your Health?

intrinsic motivation

Motivation is something that provides us with the energy that we need to purse the results. We can gain this strength either from within us or from external sources. So, it can either be an extrinsic or an intrinsic motivation.

What is the extrinsic motivation?

It is a type, where we gain the inspiration from external sources. For instance, you get it from your friend or your family member. They might use their words to provoke you to perform something.

What is the intrinsic motivation?

As the name of this impetus very well defines, it is the one that arises from within you. For instance, if you are a self-motivated individual, you might feel from within that you should achieve something. It can be something related to your studies, your job or even your personal life.

Is motivation always good?

When we see the outline, the enthusiasm is good. It keeps us moving. In fact, without motivation, we cannot wake up every day to lead our life. We wake up just because we have the desire to live and this desire acts as a stimulus from within.
On the flip side, the provocation from within or from external sources can create a whole lot of stress. When it forms a tension to achieve, it is not good.

You know the effects of stress on the human body. Yes, the excessive pressure faced by people these days in their professional and personal life forces them to health issues. They get high blood pressure and diabetes at a very young age. Even, it takes to life-threatening conditions like heart failure, thereby risking the lives of individuals.

What are the ill-effects of motivation?

Ill-effects of intrinsic motivation

  • It can change the behavior
  • Needs a particular attention and lengthy preparation
  • A wide range of approaches might be required to feel self-motivated.

Ill-effects of extrinsic motivation

  • Provides distraction
  • Difficulty in identifying appropriate punishment and rewards
  • In-effective after a longer period
  • Once the external motivator removes the prize, the impulse goes away

Effect of motivation on Dopamine

Dopamine is a compound that is present in the body as a neurotransmitter. It is a forerunner of other substances inclusive of adrenaline. Neurotransmitters are responsible for carrying chemical messages that play in the brain and have an effect on the other parts of the body. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that plays a crucial role in the science of motivation.


Effect of dopamine on the health

Low levels dopamine can lead to lack of motivation. So, naturally, the production of this neurotransmitter will increase if you are motivated. At high doses, it can correct low blood pressure because of low systemic vascular resistance. It is useful in treating hypotension, reduced perfusion of the body organ and low cardiac output.

If you are too much motivated, you will have a lot of stress in your mind to achieve the goal. When the dopamine instigates the release of stress hormones, the response can quickly turn into bad. When stressed, many changes will happen in your body. If you do not take adequate sleep at nights due to high-stress levels, it can, in turn, have an ill-effect on your overall health.

Stress can contribute to chronic inflammation, which, in turn, will affect your digestive system, endocrine system, cardiovascular system and also the skin. All these things can leave your body open to diseases like cancer and rheumatoid arthritis.
Even, it can lead to psychological issues like permanent memory loss, sleep disturbances, depression, and difficulties with learning, attention-deficits, anger, agitation, and anxiety.


As the famous adage goes “Too much of anything is good for nothing”. It holds true in the case of motivation too. So, you can stay motivated, but you should know how to relax yourself to prevent the stress building.

Author ~ Akshay Patni

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List of Motivational Words


Find below a list of motivational words to raise your spirit. The list is updated constantly with new motivational words.

Motivational words to encourage after failure, or when success is delaying to materialize:

  • Don’t worry, you will do it!
  • Don’t worry, you can do it!
  • Don’t worry you can do this!
  • Don’t quit!
  • Keep going!
  • You are close!
  • Next time you will be more prepared!
  • Lesson learned!
  • Be grateful for the lesson learned!
  • Be grateful for the lesson!
  • As long as you live, you learn!
  • Nobody is perfect!
  • I trust you!
  • I believe in you!
  • God has your back!
  • The Universe has your back!
  • I have your back!
  • Find another solution!
  • Worry less, think more about solutions!
  • What other solutions there are?
  • Let go!
  • Move on!
  • You did your best!
  • You did your best, this is all that matters!
  • You did the best you could do in that moment!
  • If the circumstances were different you could have done better!
  • You will do better next time!
  • Get up and try again!
  • Nothing to worry about, get up and try again!
  • Next time it will be easier!
  • Don’t worry, next time it will feel easier!
  • You were brave, even if it didn’t work out!
  • Next time you can do better!
  • You will always be my hero!
  • Just do it!
  • Trust yourself!
  • Trust yourself, you can do this!
  • Just show up and trust yourself!
  • Relax, you got this!
  • You are talented, you can do this!
  • Now you know what doesn’t work, next time you can do it better!
  • Try again!

Motivational words to validate winning or having success:

  • You did it!
  • Brilliant!
  • Yes!
  • Spectacular!
  • Terrific!
  • Great!
  • Mega super!
  • Extra!
  • Such a dream come true!
  • Mega best!
  • Congratulations!
  • Way to go!
  • Super job!
  • Good for you!
  • Bright!
  • Great work!
  • WOW
  • Fantastic!
  • I’m proud of you!
  • Shine on!
  • Brilliant!
  • Excellent!
  • Bravo!
  • You are just best!
  • Super!
  • Awesome!
  • Just magically!
  • Too blissful!
  • Magically blissful!
  • Perfect!
  • Brilliant work!
  • You are the best!
  • Super awesome!
  • The best!
  • You are a genius!
  • This is just genial!
  • You are the best of the best!
  • Awesomness!
  • Stay in bliss!
  • Just blissfulness!
  • Dazzling!

Do you know other motivational words? Share below the words or phrases.

Positive Words Research – List of Motivational Words