The chemistry of happiness is composed of endorphins, oxytocin, dopamine, and serotonin. Endorphins are neurotransmitters that make us feel happy and are also inhibitors of pain, both physical and emotional. It is accompanied by oxytocin or better known as the love hormone. Dopamine joins them, and it is responsible for motivation and pleasure. And finally, serotonin, which helps us to feel calm and relaxed.
To increase the natural production of chemicals of happiness, we can do the following:
Laughter activates the production of endorphins, you can watch a comedy, read a comic book, or talk to someone who makes you laugh.
Spice up your meals
Spicy food sends a message to the brain similar to the one sent when we feel pain, so our body releases endorphins to “calm” the pain, which in return makes us feel happy.
Hugs are comforting and make us happy. A hug lasting just 30 seconds makes your oxytocin levels soar.
Moderate exposure to the sun allows our organism to produce serotonin, which decreases depression and will make you feel happier and more relaxed.
Finish what you start
When you have tasks to do, it can generate discomfort. When a task is completed, dopamine is released, which generates a feeling of joy, bordering on euphoria.
Low-intensity aerobic exercise, such as walking or yoga, helps us release dopamine and serotonin. And high-intensity exercise, such as running, helps us release endorphins.
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