Hacking Into Your Happy Chemicals

Have you ever heard anyone referring to the "happy chemicals" in your brain? The "good endorphins" that impact things such as your mood and motivation?

These words often get thrown around, but what do they really mean?

Below is a guide on what these chemicals are and how you can "hack" into them.

Dopamine
Dopamine motivates you to take action towards your goals and desires and gives you a surging sense of pleasure when you achieve them.

Low levels of dopamine are often associated with procrastination, self doubt and lack of enthusiasm.

Try this
* Break big goals into smaller goals so you have a series of little "finish lines", which help release dopamine.

* Create new goals before achieving your current ones. This ensures a consistent pattern for experiencing dopamine.

Serotonin
Serotonin is released when you feel significant or important.

Low levels of serotonin is associated with feelings of loneliness and depression.

Try this
* Practicing mindfulness and gratitude can remind you that you're valued and significant, which will "tap in" to serotonin.

Oxytocin
Ocytocin is sometimes known as the "cuddle hormone". The release of oxytocin helps to create intimacy, trust and strengthens relationships.

Try this
* A simple way to hack into this chemical is simply to give someone a hug.

* Random acts of kindness or simply giving someone a gift can help to increase levels of oxytocin.

Endorphins
Endorphins help to releave anxiety and depression and are often released in response to pain and stress.

Try this
* Exercise and laughter are only two of the most common ways to release endorphins.

* Snacking on a square of dark chocolate will release endorphins.

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