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Cristina Castagnini, Ph.D., CEDS, in San Ramon, Calif., canceled a trip to Ojai to visit her son. But she plans on making the most of this isolated time by researching trips to Aruba and Hawaii. “Dopamine is released in large amounts when we anticipate a pleasurable experience, such as taking a fun trip or vacation,” she explains. “It’s also triggered when we plan, dream, imagine and actively strive to get things we desire, like a trip or a vacation. People also feel the hope-inducing, motivational power of dopamine whenever they start to do things like plan a trip online.”

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