The “Happiness Chemicals” And How To Get Them Naturally

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There are a number of "happiness chemicals" responsible for our good moods. If you're someone who is trying to get high on life the natural way, it's useful to know what they are and which activities can give you that rush of euphoria.

You can stimulate more “happiness chemicals” with fewer side effects when you understand the job they evolved to do.

Here’s a natural way to stimulate each, and to avoid unhappy chemicals.

Serotonin – The Mood Stabilizer

,This hormone (and neurotransmitter) helps regulate your mood as well as your sleep, appetite, digestion, learning ability, and memory. A natural way to increase serotonin is by meditating, being exposed to the sun and some form of physical activity (walking, running, cycling or swimming).

Dopamine – The Reward Chemical

Also known as the “feel-good” hormone, dopamine is a hormone and neurotransmitter that’s an important part of your brain’s reward system. Dopamine is associated with pleasurable sensations, along with learning, memory, motor system function, and more. You can stimulate the good feeling of dopamine by completing a task, eating food, celebrating little wins and doing self-care activities.

Endorphin – The Pain Killer

Endorphins are your body’s natural pain reliever, which your body produces in response to stress or discomfort. Endorphin levels also tend to increase when you engage in reward-producing activities, such as laughing exercises, watching a comedy, exercising and eating dark chocolate.

Oxytocin – The Love Hormone

Oxytocin is essential for childbirth, breastfeeding, and strong parent-child bonding. This hormone can also help promote trust, empathy, and bonding in relationships, and oxytocin levels generally increase with physical affection like kissing, cuddling or making love. A natural way to increase Oxytocin is by playing with a dog or a baby, holding hands with someone, hugging your family or friends and giving compliments.

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