You may be wondering what hormones have to do with happiness. Believe it or not, the way we feel is very much controlled by the chemicals in the brain that controls the hormones in our body, the blood that flows, basically our entire body in general.
So what do hormones have to do with happiness?
They have a lot to do with it because everything that happens in your body is due to the production and function a hormone performs during to execute a specific task.
Every emotion we experience is a result of the release of certain hormones inside our bodies. Some hormones are responsible for making us feel good, some for making us feel bad, while others are responsible for the sensations we get when we fall in love with someone.
So, if we know which hormone controls what, when we don’t feel well or when we feel sad we can help our body increase certain levels of a specific hormone. This will help us feel better. The increase of feeling of happiness.
For example, when you are in love and you feel as if you are asleep, calm, in a better mood, it is because your body is flooded with a hormone called phenylethylamine, which is produced in large quantities during infatuation.
In this digital age where we are so withdrawn from our natural biology, we are more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety. Doctors and pharmacists focus on helping with medications but if you are open to natural ways, there are many ways you can help balance these hormones.If you are open to natural ways, there are many ways you can help balance these hormones. Click To Tweet
Does it sound good? If so, keep reading because in this article I’ll show you what the four happiness hormones are and how you can increase them to feel better and more energetic.
How to increase the 4 hormones of happiness to feel better and more energetic
When someone talks about the happiness hormone, they usually refer to the serotonin hormone.
This hormone works as a neurotransmitter and regulates your mood, prevents depression and makes you feel happy. It is the hormone associated with the “high” people get after they run.
Serotonin is also called the “Confidence Molecule”. Because the link between a higher serotonin level and a lack of sensitivity to rejection allows people to expose themselves to situations that strengthen self-esteem, increase feelings of dignity, and create a sense of belonging.
If you have unbalanced levels of low serotonin (like me) and you are treated by a doctor, most likely you will be prescribed antidepressants such as Zoloft.
Increase serotonin levels
To increase serotonin, we must face things that put us to the test and obstacles that we can overcome and have a feeling of “I did it!” We must follow things that reinforce inside of us a sense of purpose, meaning, and fulfillment.
Being able to say “I did it!” will produce a continuous circle of feedback that will reinforce behaviors that build self-esteem and make us less insecure about ourselves. This will create an upward spiral of more and more serotonin.
Endorphins, also called molecules that destroy pain. They are neurotransmitters produced in the central nervous system and act as pain modulators, it is the body’s natural morphine.
Increase endorphin levels
Endorphins are produced by the pituitary gland and hypothalamus during strenuous physical activity, sexual intercourse, and orgasms. It is recommended to make these activities a part of your regular life to keep pumping endorphins. (So do more
Skin nerves can release endorphins, so gentle massages, caresses, a hot shower, sunbathing and hugs, or even petting your dog or cat can increase endorphins.
Acupuncture is an excellent way to stimulate the release of endorphins. In 1999, clinical researchers reported that the insertion of acupuncture needles at specific body’s points triggers endorphin production.
In another study, high levels of endorphins in cerebrospinal fluid were found after patients underwent acupuncture.
Dopamine, which is also known as “The Reward Molecule” is responsible for reward and guided by the pursuit of pleasure behavior.
All the studies that have been done in relation to the transmission of dopamine in the brain are related to activities that give us a reward. So if you want to achieve an increase in dopamine, the best thing you can do is set a goal and reach it.
How to increase dopamine levels
Dopamine helps you feel mentally alert. Lack of it can cause inattention, lack of concentration, and moodiness.
Avoid stress because it lowers dopamine levels. When you set your goals be sure to define mini-goals that help you take one step at a time to the final aim you want to achieve.Avoid stress because it lowers dopamine levels which is the hormone that helps you feel mentally alert Click To Tweet
Try to increase your dopamine levels naturally by choosing a “wrestler” attitude. Look for daily activities that make you create goals and fight for them. Setting goals and achieving them will create a flood in your brain with dopamine on a regular basis.
Phenylethylamine is a substance produced in the brain, a nervous system’s stimulant that triggers the feelings we get in the early stages of a relationship. These emotions are very strong, scientists attribute the same symptoms of someone who is sick and is that the heart rate accelerates, your psychomotor coordination can be erratic, pupils dilate, etc…
The state of falling in love, it seems, increases the production of phenylethylamine, because its level is higher while you are in love. This could explain the euphoria, the loss of appetite and the ability to dispense with sleep, as happens to many lovers.
For people who are unhappy in love, after the euphoria follows a period of depression with lethargy, crying and sometimes bulimia: it is the “lovesickness” in the real sense of the term, whose symptoms are identical to those of drug addicts in a state of deprivation of amphetamines.
How to increase phenylethylamine levels
Frequently those who are suffering from “lovesickness” confess the craving for chocolate. Chocolate is a food rich in phenylethylamine. It could be that this craving for chocolate, corresponds to the search for the nutritional intake of a chemical substance that the brain has stopped secreting in sufficient quantity. (M.R. Liebowitz, D. F. Klein. Columbia Presbtyterian Medical Center Psychiatric Institute).
Happiness hormones are produced when there is balance in your body over your emotions. So in addition to living a healthier lifestyle, you should also make efforts to have more inner peace and enjoy life more.
As you can see, there is always something we can do to achieve happiness, there are foods to eat, exercises to do, relaxation activities and many things that are within our reach.
Happiness is a state that is possible to reach no matter what situation we are in. You just need to know what to do to increase those hormones that will help you reach this state.