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What’s Your “Natural High?”

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Sara Bellum
  • Music?
  • Writing?
  • Sports?
  • Cooking?
  • Running?

A natural high comes from any activity that makes you feel good—but doesn’t involve drugs. Doing things you enjoy, like riding your skateboard or dabbling in photography, releases natural feel-good chemicals in your brain like dopamine, which regulates movement, emotion, motivation, and pleasure.

Natural High Contest

Natural High, a drug prevention organization, invites teens to talk about their natural highs and what they are doing to inspire others to pursue their own natural highs. Teens can submit a video or an essay to enter the Natural High contest. Winners receive $300 to spend on their natural high activity. One grand prize winner will be featured at the 2013 Natural High Gala in San Diego, California (includes airfare and lodging for a teen and a parent/chaperone).

The contest ends April 30, 2013, so review the contest guidelines [link no longer available] and submit your entries soon.

Eric’s Natural High: Dance

In 2012, Eric Barrios won the grand prize for his video about dance. He used his prize money to take a dance workshop in Los Angeles. Winning this prize has helped Eric “further his natural high” and brought him one step closer to “achieving what he wants to do in life with dance and film.”

“I think the NH contest is cool because it gives a chance for someone to share their natural high nationwide! It gave me a chance to finally express how I feel about being naturally high.” –Eric Barrios

Tell us in comments: What is your natural high, and what would you do with the prize money if you won?

NIDA is not a sponsor of the Natural High contest, nor is it associated with Natural High.

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cool beans, bro
how is it bad for you
How is having a natural high bad for you??If anything it should be a great thing that way you won't get into drugs. Honestly anyone that does drugs are a big LOSER. No matter what it is that your going through drugs is not the answer to solving your problems. It just makes you forget your problems for a couple of hours if anything. Instead of trying to run from your problems face them.
First and foremost, the grammar in this alone is worse than any drug you could take. Secondly why would you put down not the person who made that comment, but the people who do drugs? Yes I know you think its bad, i do as well, I'm not saying drugs are good, but instead of harshing on people who do drugs, try encouraging them kindly to quit. I think people get enough harassment. What I'm trying to say is, be kind because the words you say matter.
I really don't appreciate these harsh comments. You guys should really have more respect for people making the right decisions. If you don't, you are a LOSER. DON'T PUT OTHER PEOPLE DOWN BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT CONFIDENT WITH YOURSELF.
We did this at my school and here are some typical answers: "Respecting women" "Self-Harm" "Worshipping Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior" "Bleach" "Buying Robux" "Video games Also I'm jewish -Judah" We are a 6-12 school what is going on
Don't let them get to ya, a weird new part of our culture is to make a joke out of everything even when it feels inappropriate. Yeah it's an issue because it's kinda stupid to just turn everything into a joke, but I feel like it's a coping mechanism for reality because the world is scary and nowadays we can see SO much of it. We can see horrors going on all around the entire world and kids have adapted a rather unhealthy way of laughing it off to try and deal with this. It's the same thing essentially as when people become cynical. Except this is the new generation's version. That's my input. I'm 17