(GivenUs.com) – We find happiness in all sorts of places. From hanging out with your favorite pet to a day lounging at the pool, happiness is different for everyone. Did you know that your body releases certain chemicals that can help your brain feel energized and alive? Here’s what they are and how you can get them.
Levels of oxytocin allow you to have the confidence and energy to attain feelings of trustworthiness. It’s also referred to as the love or cuddle hormone, according to Healthline. This hormone can help you adapt to social situations and is key for boosting your immune system. Here are some ways to increase levels of oxytocin in your body:
- Taking cold showers
- Practicing yoga and daily meditation
- Getting a massage
- Physical touch of hugging, cuddling and shaking hands with others
Practicing one or more of these methods can help contribute to happiness every day.
WebMD writes that dopamine is one of many chemicals in the brain responsible for our moods and motivation levels. Low dopamine can lead to:
- Difficulty paying attention
- Lack of motivation
- Difficulty learning
- Sleep disturbances
- Mood swings
Rectify these issues by eating foods rich in L-Tyrosine such as bananas and eggs, says Psychology Today. Exercising regularly and frequent meditation can also help you get your daily dose of happiness in.
According to Healthline, when your body releases endorphins, it generates feelings of euphoria or extreme pleasure. It occurs in response to stress and pain and helps control depression. Endorphins act as a natural painkiller, reducing your perception of pain.
Increase your daily input of endorphins by taking the time out to eat some dark chocolate or spicy foods. Try exercising, especially running. Catch a movie and just let out a huge belly laugh, which can help release endorphins as well.
Serotonin is another brain chemical associated with happy moods. It can give you the motivation you need to succeed and prosper.
To improve your production of serotonin, you can try a few different strategies:
- Southern Living recommends taking a cold shower.
- Healthline suggests getting at least 15 minutes of sunshine daily.
- Eat lots of omega-3 fish, leafy greens and probiotics, says Purity Products.
This is one happy chemical you can bank on for a solid boost of self-esteem each day.
The goal is to not overstimulate the happiness chemicals in your brain. Too much overuse can lead to the brain destroying some of the main receptors, according to BananaTreeLog. Taking things in stride, a little at a time, can lead to happy thoughts stretching out throughout the day. Here’s to a happy and productive day!
~Here’s to Your Success!
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