Are you happy?
If you have the best of everything in life but still aren’t happy deep inside, then this article is for you.
There are four hormones which determine a human’s happiness – Endorphins, Dopamine, Serotonin, and Oxytocin. It is important that we understand these hormones since we need all four to stay happy.
Let’s look at the first hormone, the endorphins. When we exercise, the body releases endorphins which helps the body cope with the pain and we enjoy the activity.
Laughter is another good way of generating endorphins. We need to spend 30 minutes exercising every day, reading or watching funny stuff to get our day’s dose of the same.
The second hormone is dopamine. When we get appreciated for our work at the office or at home, we feel a sense of accomplishment and happiness, that is because our body releases dopamine. This also explains why most housewives are unhappy since they rarely get acknowledged or appreciated for their work. Once we join work, buy a new car, a house, the latest gadgets, a new house and so forth, we feel happy in each instance because of the release of dopamine. Now, do we realize why we become happy when we shop?
The third hormone serotonin is released when we act in a way that benefits others. When we transcend ourselves and give back to others or to nature or to the society, it releases serotonin. Even providing useful information on the internet like writing blogs, answering people’s questions on Quora or Facebook groups generates serotonin. That is because we use our precious time to help other people through our answers or articles.
The final hormone is oxytocin, is released when we become close to other human beings. When we hug our friends or family oxytocin is released. The “Jadoo Ki Jhappi” from Munnabhai really works. Similarly, when we shake hands or put our arms around someone’s shoulders, various amounts of oxytocin is released. Now, we understand why we need to hug a child who has a bad mood.
So, it is simple, we have to exercise every day to get endorphins, accomplish little goals and get dopamine. Be nice to others to get serotonin and hug our kids, friends, and family to get oxytocin and we will be happy.
When we are happy, we can deal with our challenges and problems in a better manner.
If you are or have a mother, sister, wife, daughter, friend at home between the age of 35-50, please get her harmones checked. This is the time when they go through menopause which disbalances the harmones and that may lead to depression, anxiety and stress.
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