Why We Love a Good Adrenaline Thrill

Did you know that some people are born to be thrill-seekers? Scientists have proven that some people’s brains respond differently to adrenaline than others.

If people have always told you you’re a risk taker, there may be some science backing them up!

Behind the Thrill
Underneath every adrenaline rush are chemicals like dopamine, serotonin, and testosterone. These neuro-chemicals affect the white matter of your brain, providing you the same kind of rush you might get from laughter, mind-altering substances, and even love!

There’s a psychological component to thrill-seeking, too. Doctors say that people who are energetic and self-confident tend to like taking more risks. If you’re naturally creative or drawn to activities that make you a little jittery, your brain may just be hard-wired for thrills.

How to Get Thrills
The great news is, it’s easier than ever to activate the thrill-seeking part of your brain! Adrenaline junkies are going mainstream, and companies like Great American Days are working hard to provide the endless thrills they’re looking for. Some of the most popular ways risk-takers like to activate their thrill response include:

The thing about thrill-seeking is…it’s not one-size-fits-all. What gives one person a rush might make someone else yawn. It’s all about trial and error! Some people are hardwired to get all the thrills they need from something as low-key as hot air ballooning. Others can follow a horror movie with extreme BASE jumping and barely feel it!

Are you looking for an adrenaline rush?
Great American Days offers dozens of thrilling adventures in almost every state, all at reasonable prices and through reputable operators. Whether you’ve got a taste for the hardcore or are just testing the waters of adventure thrills, we’ve got an activity that’s perfect for you!


Browse our selection of outdoor and adrenaline adventures today to find your perfect fit.