Your Daily DOSE of Happy Chemicals
The four Happy Chemicals, Dopamine, Oxytocin, Serotonin and Endorphin work together to increase your emotional happiness, drive, and motivation.
You need to learn how to generate these four brain chemicals naturally, so they flow through your body and mind continually as they are required for optimum health, happiness, and well-being. They will make you feel good and help you to think clearly. You should avoid getting any negative side effects by increasing these brain chemicals in moderation.
You can increase all four main brain chemicals through physical exercise, social interaction, nature experiences and music. Exercise generates endorphin, nature experiences generate Oxytocin, social interaction generates Dopamine and emotional music raises serotonin levels.
You’ll get an idea about how to increase these four brain chemicals naturally with the aid of simple do-it-yourself techniques. You’ll have to look for a way to put your body and mind into action so it can produce the most important brain chemicals and increase their levels enough for you to feel healthy, happy, peaceful, and motivated. You need this for breaking barriers that can limit your life potential. Everyone who needs happiness should do the same and increase their four main brain chemicals.
Dopamine is present in your brain and plays a vital role in emotion, movement, learning and motivation. Cortical areas of the brain, including the frontal cortex control most of the cognitive functions of thinking and complex behaviour.
You probably want to know how to increase your levels of these brain chemicals, if you are happy and you have all the sources of happiness in life. Dopamine is one of the most important brain chemicals for happiness, and it makes you feel happy as well.
Dopamine can also increase your focus, motivation levels, and drive. It makes you feel alive and it gives you a boost of energy. Dopamine can create a feeling of enjoyment that makes it fun to do things because you get pleasure from it – this is called motivation.
To stimulate your dopamine levels, you need to love yourself, love your life and love what you do. You need to have the desire to make things happen for yourself, and you need to be motivated enough to do something that will change your life in a positive way.
The most effective natural sources of dopamine are physical exercise and social interaction. Exercise has been shown to produce more dopamine than any other activity.
NOTE: If you have too much dopamine in your brain, then you are likely to end up having depression. Dopamine is a major factor in happiness and satisfaction. An excess of dopamine can give you feelings of pleasure and make you feel good. We mustn’t overdo it with these chemicals.
Oxytocin is released during social interaction. It helps keep emotional balance and bolsters bonding within families and relationships. There are indications that it may also be involved in feelings of romantic love.
Nature experiences generate Oxytocin. It enhances your ability to trust and feel close to others, including friends and family. It’s important for couples who are trying to build a strong relationship. Oxytocin is even more effective if you are exposed to nature regularly.
When you get outside in the fresh air or nature for about 20 minutes, you’ll produce a little Oxytocin but just walking around town or at work will not do it for you because it’s not fresh air or nature that we’re after here.
Oxytocin increases when you use your imagination and get lost in a beautiful scene. It can help you to relax and feel good when you are at peace with yourself. You’ll want to close your eyes and keep them closed while you admire the beautiful nature around you.
There’s one thing you have to avoid though, and that’s the feeling of shame because shame will kill the warm feelings that Oxytocin generates. You have to avoid that feeling of shame if you want to enjoy the benefits of Oxytocin.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter, part of the brain’s chemistry network and is responsible for emotional behaviour and mood. It is secreted by nerve cells and helps to regulate moods and emotions in the brain. Serotonin is closely linked to emotional well-being, moods and sleep.
You can increase your levels of serotonin if you do meditation and focus on what you’re feeling. A healthy way to do this is to sit down in a quiet room, close your eyes and try to focus on your breathing for about 10 minutes. Your serotonin levels will increase quite quickly because of this exercise. This is a simple exercise that you can learn at any time so there’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to achieve the same results by yourself. You can also take 5-HTP supplements if you don’t want to meditate but want something more quickly effective than meditation.
Serotonin rises when your power is increased, so getting more power and strength in your life improves your general well being. It also increases when you’re surrounded by people who help you to lift yourself up, like friends and family who care about you.
You’ll be able to feel the benefits of serotonin when you put your imagination into action. You can imagine that the power of nature and the beauty of nature surrounds you and that there’s an eternal presence that’s constantly watching over and protecting your life, breathing through all things, so it can protect everyone around it.
Endorphins are natural opiates released in the brain when we exercise or engage in other physical activity to relieve pain, suppress cough, reduce stress or anxiety, elevate mood, and induce sleepiness. When you have a cold, an infection or ate something that makes you sick these are the chemicals that your body releases to reduce pain.
How to Increase Endorphins
Here are some ways to exercise and increase your endorphin levels:
Run at least three times a week, jog on the spot or walk up and downstairs for at least 30 minutes. Spend about one-hour doing aerobic exercises like swimming, running, cycling, or dancing. Do bodyweight exercises anywhere like push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups, squats, and kneeling lifts. You can also lift weights to build muscle. Think of ways you can add some less intense exercises into your daily routine like gardening and dancing with your kids.
You don’t need any special equipment to get started because you can do these exercises in the comfort of your own home with no equipment needed at all. You need to get creative with your home environment and think of ways you can add these exercises into your routine, so they become a natural part of your everyday life.
Physical exercise is the best thing you can do for your body and brain because it produces endorphins. Endorphins have a strong influence on overall mood and well-being. You can expect to feel the effect of endorphins about 20-60 minutes after exercising.
The more intense and longer your exercise, the greater the overall impact of endorphins on mood. Studies have shown that basketball and tennis players get rewarded with increased levels of endorphin, while swimming produces less, and walking generates a little bit but nothing to write home about. You should be able to feel a physical and emotional difference three days after exercising consistently.
Some people get addicted to sports because they want to keep experiencing those good feelings indefinitely. You don’t need that kind of addiction in your life because it will limit your motivation.
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