Life in the human body is designed to be a blissful experience. Our evolutionary biology ensures that everything necessary for our survival makes us feel good. All animals seek pleasure and avoid pain. Therefore, our brain has a wellspring of self-produced neurochemicals that turn the pursuits and struggles of life into pleasure and make us feel happy when we achieve them.
Here is what you need to know about your happy hormones :
- Dopamine – Dopamine motivates your to take action towards your goals, desires, and needs, and gives you a surge of reinforcing pleasure when achieving them. Procrastination, self doubt and lack of enthusiasm are lined with low levels of dopamine. Break big goals down to little pieces so you can create a series of little finish lines which releases dopamine. Create new goals before achieving your current one. That ensures a consistent pattern for experiencing dopamine.
- Serotonin – Serotonin flows when you feel significant or important. Loneliness and depression are present when serotonin is absent. Gratitude practices can help you remind that you’re valued and significant. Although too much ultraviolet light isn’t good, some daily sin exposure is healthy for boosting your serotonin levels.
- Oxytocin – The release of oxytocin creates intimacy, trust, and strengthens relationships. It’s released by men and women during orgasm, and by mothers during childbirth and breastfeeding. Often referred to as the cuddle hormone, a simple way to keep oxytocin flowing is to give someone a hug. Giving someone a gift will also cause threat oxytocin levels rise.
- Endorphins – Endorphins are released in response to acute pain and stress, to help alleviate anxiety and depression. The surging second wind and euphoric runners high when running are a result of endorphins. Along with exercise, laugher is one of the easiest ways to induce endorphin release. Keep some scented oils and dark chocolate at your desk for a quick endorphin boost.