As much as the environment and people surrounding you may influence your moods, the real credit goes to happy hormones found in your brain. Serotonin, dopamine, Endorphins, and Oxytocin are the chemicals responsible for the happiness experience. The fact that it’s possible to trigger the happiness chemicals is great news because it means you can control situations even when everything seems to be falling apart. Learning how to trigger these four neurotransmitters puts you in control of your own happiness. Here are the simple tips you can apply right now to influence positive mindfulness:
Get Yourself Some Nice Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate offers a lot of benefits to the body such as preventing a heart attack and stroke. Polyphenols and other antioxidants found in chocolate are the compounds responsible for reducing inflammation, boosting HDL (good) cholesterol, and lowering blood pressure.
When it comes to moods, chocolate contains chemicals that trigger the release of endorphins, the hormones that relieve pain and promotes pleasure in our bodies. Likewise, eating one to two ounces of chocolate twice per week was found to increase serotonin levels, the hormones that trigger calmness and takes away bad moods.
Listen to Music
There must be certain types of music that make you happy whenever you listen to them playing. Music is a great way to release tension. It takes you to another world, away from all the troubles surrounding you. Feel-good music unleashes the happy brain chemicals, especially endorphins, and helps to revamp good moods. You can even try making your own music or play your favorite instrument(s).
Sniff Some Sweet Scent
Lavender and vanilla scents are effective in lifting up your moods. They enhance the release of endorphins, the feel-good chemicals in the brain, which reduces anxiety and depression. Research conducted at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center discovered that MRI patients who breathed vanilla scented air were 63 percent less anxious than those who breathed normal air. You can add a few drops of vanilla essential oil to bathwater or light vanilla-scented candles to get the vanilla scent. Lavender essential oil can also be used to reduce signs of depression and insomnia. You can diffuse lavender oil in the air or dab the oil on your wrists and temple.
Participate in Exercises
Get outside and take part in an engaging physical exercise such as running, walking or head on to the gym. If you can, get into a group exercise to get the support and motivation of friends. A simple walk in the sunshine, around water and greenery, can help you relax by increasing serotonin levels.
Watch a Funny Clip
A funny video will distract your mind and help release the happiness chemicals. Laughter is a natural remedy that reduces stress, depression, and anxiety by triggering the release of endorphins. No wonder many people love watching comedies and funny clips. Try it today to help your mind relax and be calm.
Go for a Massage
Feeling loved, receiving hugs, and a massage can help boost oxytocin levels, the bonding chemical. Touch has a way of stimulating oxytocin, that’s why it’s a good idea to go for massage therapy to feel less stressful and euphoric. The easiest and quickest way to get oxytocin levels up is by giving someone you love a hug. If a colleague or someone you know has an event like a birthday or anniversary celebration, look for a nice gift to give to them.
Volunteer in Community Work
The act of giving is joyous and leaves the giver feeling good about themselves. There are many volunteer activities that you can engage in your community. You could also donate one of your favorite items to a worthy cause. A simple act like taking your friend out to dinner or coffee can also activate the brain chemicals. Different studies on brain activities have shown an increase in brain activation when a person gives voluntarily. Engaging in voluntary activities trigger the release of dopamine, the chemical of reward, that gives you the feeling of accomplishment and pleasure on hitting your targets or doing something good.
Eat Spicy Foods
Capsaicin, the compound that gives chili peppers the hot sensation sends a painful burning feeling to the brain. This causes a reaction where the body releases endorphins, which are said to give you a feeling of wellbeing. The popularity of hot spicy dishes has been on the rise, and this could explain why. Apart from awakening the nerves, chili peppers, and other hot spices also kill bacteria. People living in hot areas find spicy foods helpful in countering the heat. ”
While the four happiness chemicals are lying within our brains, you don’t have to wait for something to trigger their release. The tips above will come in handy whenever you want to escape into a world of happy moods, calmness, and comfort.
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