Hacking Your Happiness Chemicals

In honor of International Happiness Day on March 20th, here we explain some of these happiness chemicals and simple ways to improve the way you feel.

Dopamine (The Reward Chemical): Nowadays, most people get their dopamine “fix” through social media likes. But you can also get it through doing self-care, planning and cooking a meal, among other simple activities.

  • Complete a task
  • Do a self-care activity
  • Eat food
  • Celebrate the little wins

Oxytocin (The Love Hormone): You can get this by genuinely showing someone that you love, care for, and appreciate them.

  • Playing with a dog
  • Playing with a baby
  • Holding Hands
  • Hugging loved ones
  • Giving a compliment

Serotonin (The Mood Stabilizer): Besides your mood, it also helps regulate your appetite, digestion, learning ability and memory.

  • Meditating
  • Running
  • Sun exposure
  • Walk-in nature
  • Swimming
  • Cycling

Endorphin (The Pain Killer): This is produced naturally, through exercise, watching comedies, or eating chocolate. This is why eating ice cream and watching romantic comedies when feeling sad has a genuine effect on how you feel.

  • Laughter
  • Essential oils
  • Watch a comedy
  • Dark chocolate
  • Exercise

Being happy all the time is impossible; however, finding ways that will pull you out of the funk and help you feel just a little bit better is important.

Source: https://angelhouseseniors.com/f/life-hack-how-to-jack-your-brain-full-of-happiness-chemicals

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