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What Are Happy Hormones?

What Are Happy Hormones?

Q U O T E S: You started this Journey for a reason, Never forget it. 

2nd: You can't change the past, you can only make decisons today to help how your future turns out. 

S E G M E N T S: What Are Happy Hormones & How To Hack Them, March Recap & April Goals

H a p p y H o r m o n e s 

1. Dopamine. AKA the “feel-good” hormone, is a hormone and neurotransmitter that’s an important part of your brain’s reward system. Dopamine is associated with pleasurable sensations, This could be eating a great meal, listening to inspiring music, getting a massage, or completing a workout. The release of dopamine gives feelings of well-being and motivates you to seek things you enjoy and do well, along with learning, & memory, motor system function.

We know Dopamine is a triggered when you do something well.  Make sure you regularly incorporate things you enjoy and do well, into your life.

2. Serotonin. This hormone (and neurotransmitter) helps regulate your mood as well as your sleep, appetite, digestion, learning ability, and memory. Additionally, it helps decrease our worries and concerns. 

Serotonin is naturally triggered by regular things we can do each day – going for a walk in the sunshine, getting a good night’s sleep, spending time in nature or self-care activities that reduce stress levels. 

3. Oxytocin. Often called the “love hormone,” oxytocin is essential for childbirth, breastfeeding, and strong parent-child bonding. This hormone can also help promote trust, empathy, and bonding in relationships, and oxytocin levels generally increase with physical affection like kissing, cuddling, and sex. 

4. Endorphins. Endorphins are your body’s natural pain reliever, which your body produces in response to stress or discomfort. Endorphin levels also tend to increase when you engage in reward-producing activities, such as eating, working out, or having sex.

2ND SEGMENT M E N T A L H E A L T H H A C K S

1. Exercise has multiple physical health benefits. It can also have a positive impact on emotional well-being.

If you’ve heard of a “runner’s high,” you might already know about the link between exercise and endorphin release.

2. L A U G H 

Of course, laughter won’t treat ongoing health issues. But it can help relieve feelings of anxiety or stress, and improve a low mood by boosting dopamine and endorphin levels.

3. C O O K (and enjoy) a favorite meal with a loved one

This tip could — in theory — boost all 4 of your happy hormones.

The enjoyment you get from eating something delicious can trigger the release of dopamine along with endorphins. Sharing the meal with someone you love, and bonding over meal preparation, can boost oxytocin levels.

4. L i S T E N to M u s i c

Music can give more than one of your happy hormones a boost.

5. M E D i T A T E

If you’re familiar with meditation, you might already know of its many wellness benefits — from improving sleep to reducing stress.

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