What makes you happy? Is it fun-times, your circumstances, possessions, money, family or friends?
While it might be any number of things including biological, personality, behavioral and cultural, the truth about happiness is that it’s largely a chemical experience created by our feel good chemicals.
The emotions and sensations we associate with happiness stem from four neurochemicals, hormones and neurotransmitters in the brain.
Why does this matter? It means that even when things aren’t going just as you’d like them or negative things creep up, you can increase your happy brain chemicals and make your day better.
In this article, we look at how to say hello to your body’s feel good chemicals.
Stimulate Your Endorphins
The first way to feel better is to stimulate your endorphins. These are produced by your central nervous system to help you handle physical pain. They can also make us feel happy.
One of the best ways to stimulate your endorphins is with exercise. Your body releases these chemicals after just a short amount of exercise and keeps you feeling happy for awhile after.
Another little known way to induce endorphins is by soaking in a hot tub.
Why? Soaking in hot water also produces a natural chemical reaction in your body – this is the release of your endorphins.
Endorphins are amazing. Not only can they make you feel better, but they can strengthen your immune system, increase your energy and help you sleep better.
Hydrotherapy is great for you, and now you know just one more reason why.
Increase Your Serotonin
Serotonin is another happy chemical. You might have heard of it because antidepressant medications address this neurotransmitter.
How can you release it? Get outside. Enjoy sunny, beautiful days, and you’ll increase your serotonin.
Again, exercising outside is a great way to do this as is a hot tub soak on a sunny morning or bright afternoon.
Release Your Dopamine
Another neurotransmitter, Dopamine comes into play when something great happens. If you meet a sales goal, close a big case, sell a high-dollar item or finish a big task, you get a hit of dopamine in your brain.
This tells you, “Good job!”
Other ways to release dopamine include volunteering and doing good for others.
Now that you know how to say hello to your body’s feel good chemicals, it’s time to put them to the test.
Make a plan to exercise at least a few days a week, dedicate yourself to a regular hot tub soak and make a commitment to volunteer every month!
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