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Oxytocin

Oxytocin

Oxytocin is often known as ‘the bonding hormone’. It’s released when we feel safe, connected, and close to people we trust.

Oxytocin hacks to stimulate naturally-

  • Stroking a pet, interacting with animals lovingly 
  • Being in close company of friends and family and being affectionate 
  • Giving compliments 
  • Holding hands
  • Giving or receiving massage (scalp massage)
  • Preparing and sharing food with loved ones 

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Dopamine 

Dopamine is the reward hormone that is organically released from things like praise, positive outcomes, winning and food.

Dopamine hacks to stimulate naturally

  • Eating your favourite foods as a treat (in moderation )
  • Having gratitude for the little wins in life
  • Practicing self care 
  • Listening to feel-good music 
  • Finishing a task or project you started 
  • Break bigger tasks into smaller parts and deliberately reward yourself internally each time you complete the smaller task

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Endorphin is heavily involved in the fight or flight response and is actually a natural pain. It helps manage pain, reduce stress and increase pleasure.

Endorphin hacks to stimulate naturally

  • Exercise
  • Laughing with friends, watching/listening to comedy 
  • Being creative through art or design, gardening or anything that gets your juices flowing
  • Aromatherapy oils like rosemary, lavender, citrus etc

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Serotonin

Serotonin is most commonly associated with mood regulation, balanced sleeping patterns, improving happiness and decreasing anxiety.

Serotonin hacks to stimulate naturally-

  • Getting some sun enjoying the warmth of sun on your eyelids can greatly enhance mood and also help to boost your levels of Vitamin D.
  • Aerobic exercise such a running, swimming or cycling helps to release Tryptophan in to the bloodstream which is then converted in to Serotonin
  • Getting out for a walk in nature. Try escaping the city for a leafy country or woodland walk

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Hormones and Neurotransmitters

Hormones are chemicals produced by various glands, called the endocrine system, whose primary function is to communicate between two glands or between a gland and an organ focusing on: mood regulation, pleasure, pain relief etc.

Neurotransmitters are like hormones but they are produced in the brain and send messages using the nervous system.

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Hormones that makes you feel happy

There are four main hormones that trigger the feelings of happiness: dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and endorphins.

Understanding these chemicals and how they work can help you figure out ways to feel better during a stressful time.

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What creates happiness in the brain
  • Dopamine: The happy chemical that our brain releases when we see reward or pleasure in sight.
  • Oxytocin: A hormone and a neurotransmitter, it gets released when we bond, feel love, and trust the people around us.
  • Serotonin: It is experienced when we feel self-respect, confidence and importance.
  • Endorphin: This neurotransmitter gets released to help us cope with physical pain.
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