We all have bad days. But a few simple changes could help turn a bad day into a better one.
Being happy is so important. Happiness plays a role in our relationships, quality of life, health, and more. Unfortunately, being happy is not always the easiest thing to achieve—but there are ways to tweak our “happy hormones” and help us feel better.
What Are Your Happiness Hormones?
Our moods and emotions are regulated by hormones. The hormones dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and endorphins are what is responsible for feelings of happiness, joy, and ease. Here is a detailed breakdown of each:
- Dopamine. An essential neurotransmitter, dopamine plays a part in how we feel pleasure and our brain’s reward system.
- Serotonin. This is also a neurotransmitter and it helps regulate mood, as well as cognition, learning, and memory.
- Oxytocin. Also known as the “love drug,” this hormone is responsible for empathy, trust, sexual activity, and relationship building.
- Endorphins. Endorphins interact with our opiate receptors. They help reduce pain, increase pleasure, and stimulate a sense of well-being.
What Helps Boost Happiness Hormones?
The mood-regulating hormones in our bodies can be easily influenced. There are several simple tips and tricks to naturally boost happiness.
Breathe In...Breathe Out
Relaxing and destressing are essential to happiness. Dealing with constant stress lowers dopamine and serotonin levels. Recommended ways to manage stress are to take a 20-minute walk, talk to loved ones, laugh, and mediate. Meditation has actually been shown to help increase dopamine production and boost endorphin release.
Move Your Body
Studies have shown that daily exercise has a positive effect on emotional and mental well-being. Regular exercise boosts dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins. And the exercise doesn’t have to be intense or serious—simply walking for half an hour a day can do the trick! For an added boost of happiness, exercise outside. Being outdoors can also help increase serotonin and endorphin levels. To increase your wellness even further, help soothe your muscles after exercise with A88CBD™’s Muscle Salve.
Pet Your Dog (Or Cat)
For those with furry pals, petting them can boost oxytocin levels. Research shows that cuddling with dogs or cats not only ups your mood but also helps increase oxytocin in your pets. So, give them a good head rub or a nice scratch behind the ears and feel your mood improve.
Get Those B Vitamins In
Vitamin B is super important for the production of dopamine and serotonin. There are two types of B vitamins that you need: Vitamin B6 and B12. You can find these vitamins in rice, legumes, meats, and leafy greens.
Catch Up on Zs
Sleep is important for a multitude of reasons, from preventing disease to improving concentration. Sleep also keeps hormones balanced, especially dopamine. This means that when you do not sleep enough, or too much, your hormones may not be at the necessary levels. This attributes to irritability and overall negative moods. To ensure correct levels of dopamine, get 7-9 hours of sleep each night.
Whether you are looking to improve quality of life or just want some mood-boosters, following these tips will help. Other things you can do to boost happiness hormones are listening to music, socializing with friends and family, and eating good food.