Hacking happy hormones – doesn’t that sound ridiculous? Happiness- everyone’s version of happiness is different from others. No single person is like the other. But at the end of the day, don’t we all yearn for the same happiness that makes our lives a little more simpler?
That happiness is instigated by certain hormones that control our emotional and mental well being.
What are the happy hormones?
Our brain is a weird little character. Every hormone has a unique identity and acts accordingly. There are times when we don’t know what’s wrong with us or wonder what makes us feel this way. And the culprit behind all of these is our hormones. It is them, that controls our mood swings, stability and emotions.
There are four happy hormones responsible. And they act as messengers to the brain, influenced by our thoughts, activities, basically everything. Let’s dive and see what are they, and how they affect and impact us in every possible way.
Nicknamed the ‘happy hormone’, dopamine induces happiness in us. Something that makes us smile, something that makes us happy immediately spikes dopamine. Be it anything, if we enjoy what we do, dopamine levels rise like anything. It doesn’t have to be big, even if it does bring us momentary happiness, dopamine levels rise. If that increases the dopamine levels, imagine what falling in love does. The dopamine levels will hit the roof making us high in happiness.
Serotonin– the ‘feel good hormone’ plays a key role in keeping us off anxiety and depression. Moreover, the drugs that they use as remedies for problems like depression and anxiety disorders, induces a lot of these hormones. This feel-good hormone brings in a lot of peace and satisfaction which keeps our mind and body stable and fresh. Most importantly, a good night’s sleep boosts our serotonin levels. Adding to that, it regulates our appetite, digestion and memory.
This little hormone here is mainly linked with exercise, workouts and other physical kinds of stuff. And so, it is usually called the ‘runner’s high’. It is only because of this hormone, runners and bodybuilders are able to work past the pain and get their expected results. Cardiovascular exercises usually takes our endorphin levels to the next level. Moreover, this hormone minimises discomfort and maximizes pleasure.
This hormone is closely associated with bonding and attachment. Be it friends, brothers, sisters or anything, the bonding, the closeness it comes with boosts our oxytocin levels. It spikes through intimate touch, holding hands, cuddling, massage and even sex. The butterflies, the nervousness and the unexplainable anxiety we get when our favourite person just looks at us, all that is because of oxytocin. Oxytocin is the man behind the action. So subtle, and yet so powerful in emoting the feelings. If not for oxytocin, life wouldn’t be as exciting.
How to make the most of these hormones?
Now that you know all about the four happiness-inducing hormones, let’s see how you can hack them and make the best of them.
There are only so many things you can do to keep yourself happy. You are the only one who knows about you the best. So keeping yourself happy totally depends on what you are and what you do. Here are a few things you can try.
Keeping yourself cooped up in your room would do you no good. You’ll have to go outdoors from time to time, take in the outside world and enjoy everything you can. Sunlight and fresh air could be of great help in increasing your serotonin and endorphin levels. Exploring new places and people could also make you learn and grow more.
As we already saw, endorphin is associated with ‘runner’s high’. So exercise and routine workouts keep your mind and body fit and healthy. In addition, it also raises your endorphin levels and keeps you worry-free.
Eating your most favourite meal could bring you happiness. But at the same time, cooking something you love and that too with your favourite person could bring immense pleasure. You could even end up creating wonderful memories.
Music can be everyone’s friend when one needs it. It is something that catches you when you fall and is always there to lift you up. When words fail, music is something you can always rely on. Music is more like a warm hug that soothes and comforts you in ways that you never knew. That calmness and serenity that it brings boost your dopamine and endorphin levels and keeps you happy.
Yoga and meditation
Yoga and meditation help a lot in reducing stress and keeps your head clear. Stability in the mind and body naturally keeps you happy boosting your endorphin levels.
More than anything laughter is the best medicine and remedy for anything and everything. Laughing instantly lightens up your mood and relieves all of your stress. Laugh out and enjoy all you can with your best people before your regret you haven’t lived your life to the fullest.
These are just a few in a million things you could do to hack your happy hormones. There’s no certain agenda to do things for happiness. Everyone has their own version of happiness.
There’s no right or wrong way. All you gotta do is, do you! As long as it brings you innocent happiness and fun, you’re on the right path. Tune into your body and find out what makes and keeps you happy! And that is all you ever need! Cheers!
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