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Happy Hormones

Hormones are chemicals produced by different glands across your body. They travel through your blood, acting as messengers and playing a part in many bodily processes. Certain hormones are known to help promote positive feelings, including happiness and pleasure. Let's take a look at them now, shall we SEROTONIN- the mood regulator Serotonin is the most prominent and well-known happy hormone because its basically what antidepressant medicines target • stick to a balanced, whole-food diet • spend some time in nature and while you're at it, get a good sun exposure DOPAMINE- the feel good hormone This neurotransmitter drives your brain's reward system. If you are praised for doing a good job, you’ll get a delicious dopamine hit, resulting in feelings of well-being • set realistic goals- like tidying your desk- and achieve them. • listen to the music you love ENDORPHIN- the pain reliever Endorphins are your natural pain killers. Your body produces endorphin in response to stress or discomfort • laugh out loud:) • get yourself some chocolate OXYTOCIN- the cuddle hormone Oxytocin is a hormone that promotes bonding and trust. It's basically what makes all your relationships work • spend time with loved ones • give a compliment At times, happiness may feel like the unachievable holy grail of emotion. But once we understand how our happy hormones and neurotransmitters work, we may be able to trigger them more easily than we thought

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