Hormones are chemicals produced by different glands across your body. They travel through the bloodstream, acting as messengers and playing a part in many bodily processes.
One of these important functions? Helping regulate your mood. Certain hormones are known to help promote positive feelings, including happiness and pleasure.
These “happy hormones” include:
Dopamine. Also known as the “feel-good” hormone. Dopamine is a hormone and neurotransmitter that’s an important part of your brain’s reward system. Dopamine is associated with pleasurable sensations, along with learning, memory, motor system function, and more.
Serotonin. This hormone (and neurotransmitter) helps regulate your mood as well as your sleep, appetite, digestion, learning ability, and memory.
Oxytocin. Often called the “love hormone,” oxytocin is essential for childbirth, breastfeeding, and strong parent-child bonding. This hormone can also help promote trust, empathy, and bonding in relationships, and oxytocin levels generally increase with physical affection.
Endorphins. Endorphins are your body’s natural pain reliever, which your body produces in response to stress or discomfort. Endorphin levels also tend to increase when you engage in reward-producing activities, such as eating, working out, or others.
Here’s a look at how to make the most of these natural mood-boosters, such as:
- Get outside, spending time outdoors, in sunlight.
- Make time for phisycal exercise.
- Laugh with the friends to help relieve feelings of anxiety or stress, and improve a low mood.
- Cook and eat a favorite meal.
- Try natural supplements of food and drink, green tea or others.
- Listen to music or healing sounds.
- Pet your loved animals.
- Get a good night sleep.
- Get a massage or meditation.
Enjoy your days, Monday is always followed by Sunday, but after Tuesday to Saturday. 🤭