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Your body's secret recipe

Have you ever been so happy that you felt like you were walking on clouds? Or have you ever felt so content that you thought nothing could ruin your mood? Well, chances are your happiness hormones were in action! Yes, you heard right. Our bodies actually have a whole team of chemicals that help us experience those warm, fuzzy feelings we love so much. Let's dive into the world of these happiness hormones and discover how we can activate them for an extra dose of happiness!


I like to tell everyone about how you can make your own anti-depressants. And you do this, for example, by doing what you like. To do things that make you happy! It can be that simple.


1. Endorphins: This little miracle is often associated with pain relief and a feeling of euphoria. It's like our body's natural painkiller. Exercising, laughing with friends, and even eating chocolate can encourage your body to release endorphins. Try to exercise for at least 30 minutes every day. Whether it's a brisk walk, a dance session in your living room, or a refreshing yoga session, exercise is a great way to release endorphins. So what are you waiting for? Put on those sneakers and run for that endorphin boost!



2. Dopamine: This is the 'reward molecule' that gives you a feeling of pleasure and reward. Think of the feeling you get when you achieve a goal or when you eat your favorite meal. By taking on challenges and achieving your (small) goals, you can give your dopamine levels a big boost. Make a list of small goals you can accomplish, such as learning a new skill, reading a book, or completing a project. Every time you check off a goal, it boosts your dopamine. So set yourself some achievable goals and enjoy the dopamine rush as you achieve them!


3. Serotonin: Also known as the 'happiness hormone', serotonin plays a crucial role in regulating your mood and feelings of well-being. Sunlight, exercise, and a healthy diet can increase your serotonin levels. Make a point of catching sunlight regularly, especially in the morning. A short walk in the sun can quickly brighten your mood. In addition, you can treat yourself to foods rich in tryptophan, such as bananas, nuts, seeds, and dairy products. So get out those sunglasses, take a walk in the park, and treat yourself to some healthy food to boost your serotonin.


4. Oxytocin: This is often called the 'cuddle hormone' and is crucial for building social bonds and relationships. Cuddling, spending quality time with friends and family, and expressing affection can all help boost oxytocin in your system. Take the time to really listen to your friends and family and show genuine interest in what they have to say. Plan regular quality time with your loved ones, such as a nice dinner or a fun activity together. And don't forget to share those hugs and affection, because they are worth their weight in gold when it comes to releasing oxytocin. So embrace those loved ones and feel the warmth of oxytocin coursing through your veins.



The great thing is that you cannot let these happiness hormones depend solely on chance. By making conscious choices, you can nudge yourself towards happiness. So why not try some of those activities that boost your happiness hormones today? You deserve to feel radiant and full of energy!


Love,

Marga



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