28 Jan A DOSE of Happiness
These 4 Hormones Creates Your Happiness!
From the time I have started my journey in Neuro Linguistic Programming, my trainers have frequently mentioned about certain hormones that affect our state of mind. I am a coach and it is not mandatory to go deeper into the study of neurology. However, a rudimentary level of understanding is essential to keep our body and mind’s s health up to date. This article will give you an interesting view of your happiness mechanism, whose steering is in your hands.
Whats is DOSE?
DOSE is an anagram of the first letter of each hormone we are going to discuss in this article. In general the meaning of DOSE is a small quantity of a medicine recommended for any ailment or health purpose.
- D opamine
- O xytocin
- S erotonin
- E ndorphins
Hormone #1, Dopamine
Dopamine is produced in the mid brain. It is often referred to as the ‘motivation molecule’, because it increases your drive, focus and concentration. The secretion of this hormone is higher in the morning and then reduces by the day. That is one of the reason we are fresh and charged in the mornings.
You feel accomplished and happy when you are appreciated for your work at office or at home. The appreciation words signals the brain to produce Dopamine which boosts happiness and motivates the person to perform better. This can also be the reason for most housewives who are unhappy, because they are seldom acknowledged or appreciated for their work.
Low Dopamine levels can make you lose pleasure in activities like eating, drinking, demotivated, lethargic and in the worst case, depressed.
People have found an artificial way to boost their Dopamine levels. Drugs such as cocaine, heroin and nicotine cause massive boosts in Dopamine that prompts them to seek those drugs repeatedly. The feeling associated with that high can lead to drug abuse and eventually to addiction.
Hormone #2, Oxytocin
Oxytocin is produced in the hypothalamus. From there, it is transported to the pituitary gland and thereby secreted at the base of the brain.
Studies suggests, healthy flow of Oxytocin results in intimacy, trust and social bonding. It is associated with sexual, maternal behaviours and social well being. Oxytocin was found to play a role in stimulating monogamy. There is a possibility that this hormone can decrease the likelihood of unfaithfulness in humans.
Dr. Paul Zak explains that inter-personal touch increases Oxytocin, reduces cardiovascular stress and improves the immune system. So, rather than just a hand shake, go in for the hug.
It is also believed that Oxytocin is released when you help others, unconditionally. The emotion of fulfillment without the selfish goal releases this generous hormone. It flows even when you truly hug a friend or family. The fascinating part is that the people who receive or watch the benevolent activities also get the benefit of Oxytocin release in their body.
Other benefits include the ability to solve problems, increased creativity, inhibit addiction and boost your immune system.
Hormone #3, Serotonin
Serotonin is a chemical nerve cells produce. It sends signals between your nerve cells. Serotonin is mainly found in the digestive system, blood platelets and the central nervous system.
Serotonin is considered a natural mood stabilizer. It impacts every part of your body, from your emotions to your motor skills. It helps with important function daily activities like sleeping, eating, and digesting.
Serotonin is also called ‘happy hormone’ because of its ability to generate positivity. Serotonin flows when you feel significant or important. Loneliness and depression emerge when serotonin is low. Remembering past victorious moments allows the brain to re-live the experience resulting in the production of Serotonin. This is because our brain cannot differentiate what is real and what is unreal. If you need a serotonin boost during a stressful day, take a few moments to reflect on a past achievements and victories.
Hormone #4, Endorphins
Endorphins is produced by the central nervous system and pituitary gland. Stress and pain are the two most common factors leading to the release of Endorphins. It acts as a natural analgesic for diminishing your perception of pain.
For example: When we exercise, the body releases Endorphins. This hormone helps the body cope with the pain of exercising and keeps us going.
Along with exercise, laughter is one of the easiest ways to induce endorphin release. Even the anticipation and expectation of laughter; e.g. attending a comedy show, increases levels of endorphins. Taking your sense of humor to work, forwarding that funny email, and finding several things to laugh at during the day is a great way to keep your Endorphins flowing.
So, in a nutshell:
- Shop to release Dopamine
- Do charity or give a hug to your loved one to release Oxytocin
- Expose yourself to the sun for 20 minutes; promotes vitamin D and serotonin production
- Excersize to release Endorphins
In life, anything in moderation is best for us. The release of these hormones is a mechanism for our survival at optimum level. When unbalanced, they can become very dangerous and destructive. Not 100%, but you do have some control over your hormones.
True impact of these hormones is still being studied. The most general and easy to understand facts about these hormones are listed here. Activities like-exercising, healthy food, lesser screen time and avoiding indulging activities, can align these hormones for your healthy body, mind and soul.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]