Hacking Happy Chemicals

Dopamine

Dopamine motivates you to take action towards your goals, desires & needs – it gives you a surge of reinforcing pleasure when achieving them.

Procrastination, self-doubt & lack of enthusiasm are linked w/ low levels of dopamine.

Break big goals down into little pieces so you can create a series of little finish-lines which releases dopamine.

Create new goals before achieving your current one, this ensures a consistent pattern for experiencing dopamine.

Serotonin

Serotonin flows when you feel significant & important.

Loneliness and depression are present when serotonin is absent.

Gratitude practices can help you remind that you’re valued and significant.

Although too much ultraviolet light isn’t good, some daily sun exposure is healthy for boosting your serotonin levels.

Oxytocin

The release of oxytocin creates intimacy, trust & strengthens relationships.

Often referred to as ‘the cuddle hormone’ a simple way to keep oxytocin flowing is to give someone a hug.

Giving someone a gift will also cause their oxytocin levels to rise.

Endorphins

Endorphins are released in response to acute pain & stress to help alleviate anxiety & depression.

The surging ‘second wind’ and euphoric ‘runners high’ when running are a result of endorphins.

Along with exercise, laughter is one of the easiest ways to induce endorphin release.

Keep some scented oils & dark chocolate near your desk for a quick endorphin boost.

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