Know Your Happy Hormones

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.

Reference : https://theutopianlife.com/2014/10/14/hacking-into-your-happy-chemicals-dopamine-serotonin-endorphins-oxytocin/

25 Comments Add yours

  1. Vibe Nami says:

    great information

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    1. Garima says:

      Happiness underlying factors are considerable from two dimensions: endogenic factors (biological, cognitive, personality and ethical sub-factors) and exogenic factors (behavioral, socialcultural, economical, geographical, life events and aesthetics sub-factors). Among all endogenic factors, biological sub-factors are the significant predictors of happiness.

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  2. Thanks for the research. Now I know why I love working out so much. Lol.

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    1. Garima says:

      When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine.

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  3. Mrs ESTJ says:

    I’m going to try and improve my dopamine levels. I didn’t realise that it could be done.

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    1. Garima says:

      Scientific research has shown gratitude affects the brain’s reward system. It correlates with the release of dopamine and serotonin. Gratitude has been directly linked to increased happiness. There have been many studies on a practice called the “three blessings exercise.” Every night for a week, you write down three things you are thankful for. People who complete this exercise tend to report more happiness and less depressive symptoms. Their improved mood can last up to six months.

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      1. Mrs ESTJ says:

        Thank you. I have been meaning to write a gratitude journal. I’ll make it a June goal.

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      2. Garima says:

        👍🏼👍🏼

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  4. Rambler says:

    Endorphin and dark chocolate. I didn’t know this.

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    1. Garima says:

      Dark chocolate stimulates the production of endorphins, chemicals in the brain that create feelings of pleasure. Dark chocolate also contains serotonin, an antidepressant that can elevate mood.

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  5. Omatra7 says:

    I love ALL these happy hormones lol ✌️❤️😄

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    1. Garima says:

      Yes Happy 😊. The simplest thing we can do is be in the Sun. Heading into the sunshine, even on a cool day, is a surefire way to increase serotonin and boost your mood. A recent study from researchers at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates revealed a few weeks of spending more time outdoors significantly decreased symptoms of depression. The Mayo Clinic also recommends open- ing blinds, trimming tree branches that block sunlight and sitting closer to bright windows to catch a few extra rays.

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      1. Omatra7 says:

        Oh yeah I believe that!! I am much happier when is sunny lol 😄✌️

        Even animals will bask in the sun! They know!

        There is a calming beauty to nature and the sun gives you vitamin D…

        A girl I worked with at the school even had a lamp with a special bulb that emulates the sun lol … not sure if that worked but whatever lol

        I do agree, nature and sun help with depression!!! Also friends! Having people ✌️

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      2. Garima says:

        Yes having right support structure is important too. Take care.

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      3. Omatra7 says:

        You too – take care and stay safe ✌️

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      4. Garima says:

        🙏🏼🙏🏼

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  6. So much information.. thanks for giving us a healthy and happy blog to read.. great work😊👍

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    1. Garima says:

      Thank you. I am glad you liked the content.

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  7. clcouch123 says:

    Not only informative but also clearly described. I’m thankful for this review of vital parts of us!

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    1. Garima says:

      Life today is busy, and stressful schedules disrupt the neurochemicals’ balance in the body. These neurochemicals evolved slowly throughout the year, and have reached a phase where happiness is the key to our physical, as well as mental health.

      ‘Depression is treatable and yet, so common among people. I always explain to people who base their therapy on antidepressants – depression is not just a ‘feeling of unhappy’, but an imbalance of the happiness hormones in the body. As with any hormone misbalance, we must target the source of the problem to fix the problem itself.

      The sooner you become aware of the importance of the happiness hormones, the faster you will understand that such imbalance cannot be readjusted by simply taking a pill. Your primary goal to a healthy and happy life is to implement lifestyle changes in behavior that are essential for the balance in brain chemistry.

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  8. Great post thank you. What scented oils do you recommend? I do love a small piece of dark chocolate with my afternoon cup of tea.

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    1. Garima says:

      Diffuse Lavender essential oil by your bedside. As the aroma creates a calming environment, close your eyes, and on each inhalation, think of something you’re grateful for. Step into a warm bath infused with a few drops of Cedarwood, Peace & Calming, or your favorite calming scent.

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  9. Love your site!! Following 🙂

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  10. Wyclif Musau says:

    Deep research, it’s the backbone of every “good writer!”

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    1. Garima says:

      Thank you. I am glad you liked this post.

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