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Happiness Chemicals...and how to hack them!

Ever noticed how getting a big squeezy hug from a loved one, can make you feel so good? Or how simply laughing at an impossible situation can instantly make the situation better? Our amazing bodies are biologically designed to positively reinforce the things that are good for us. So things that are good or safe for us, will make us feel good, and things that are bad for us, or dangerous, will have the opposite effect. The great news is, these positive reinforcements, or happiness chemicals, can be triggered by things we do in our daily lives.  Usually all it takes is a small attitude adjustment to keep your brain feeling good or start it on an upward cycle.

So whether you’re feeling flat, anxious, or have found yourself in one of those crisis freak-out moments, there are simple things – backed by neuroscience – that you can do right now to hack the release of those happiness chemicals, to help you feel good.

Dopamine - The Reward Chemical

  • Completing a task
  • Practicing self-care
  • Eating yummy food
  • Celebrating (even the small) wins! 

Oxytocin - The Love Hormone

  • Breastfeeding
  • Playing with a dog
  • Playing with a baby
  • Holding a hand
  • Giving or receiving a hug
  • Giving or getting a compliment

 Serotonin - The Mood Stabiliser

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

Endorphin - The Pain Killer

  • Laughter (or laughter exercies)
  • Essential oils
  • Watch a comedy
  • Dark chocolate
  • Exercising

So there you have it, some simple things we can all do in our daily lives to take control of our brains, boost those feel-good chemicals and keep them flowing too.