Happy people are more motivated and productive. Do you know that there is some chemistry behind happiness? There are four chemicals in our brain responsible for our sense of well-being and happiness. These substances are called neurotransmitters and there are ways in which we can intentionally make them to flow.
- Dopamine. Low levels of dopamine are related to procrastination, lack of enthusiasm and self-doubt. Dopamine is important for motivation, taking action and satisfaction when reaching goals. Break your goals to small tasks and celebrate a series of small victories. Reward yourself. But be carefull – a massive amount of dopamine release can lead to a ‘hangover’ with all the mentioned effects of low dopamine. Another approach is to create new goals before reaching the current ones.That would ensure a constant release of dopamine. Just don’t overdo.
- Serotonin. Lack of serotonin symptoms are loneliness, depression, and attention-seeking behavior. Most of the antidepressants are aimed towards serotonin production. A way to enhance serotonin is reflection on your past achievements. There is a problem though, the brain cannot tell the difference between reality and wishful thinking. This reveals the power of auto-suggestion. But, again, if you play too much with this it could bring other complications. You can also boost serotonin levels with exposure to sun for 20 minutes. The skin absorbs UV rays, that promotes the levels of vitamin D, affecting the serotonin production further.
- Oxytocin. An effective way to raise your oxytocin levels is to give someone a hug. The presence of the substance enforces intimacy and relationships. It is released by men and women during intimacy and by women during childbirth and breastfeeding. Giving present to someone also causes oxytocin raise. Good relations with people around you also have the effect of reducing stress and improves your immune system.
- Endorphins. The response to pain and stress are endorphins. It is analgesic and sedative substance and also brings down anxiety. The most powerful way to boost endorphin levels is physical exercises. Laughter, as kind of physical and emotional activity is also very good. One could also promote the endorphin levels with aromatherapies and dark chocolate.
Although there is a useful type of stress, it is important to keep an eye on your own behaviour and ensure you are doing more sports, eating healthily and having more positive emotions.