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Happiness hacks: How to boost hormones like serotonin and dopamine in everyday life

Generating Endorphines

Endorphines are linked with exercise. They function as natural painkillers that help minimize pain and maximize pleasure, explaining why an athlete may be able to push through a race with an injury that they don't notice until later.

How to boost it: Laughter will boost endorphins, so will eating dark chocolate, watching your favourite drama, working out, and meditating.

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