How to increase the hormones of happiness
It may seem that happiness is simply an emotional state, but the truth is that happiness also arises from our body and, more precisely from our hormones. The endorphins are, then, those famous "hormones of happiness" of which we will speak to you and -even better- we will teach you how to increase them.
Hormones, as you know, are substances that our body produces that are responsible for regulating all kinds of functions in our body, from growth or weight, to breastfeeding or labor. Although it seems incredible, in our body there are hormones that influence our mood, and if we can activate them we can increase our sense of happiness.
What are endorphins?
We have already said that endorphins are hormones that the body secretes and that give us a feeling of happiness, but let's see more about it. The production of endorphins occurs in the brain from two glands: the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland.
According to specialists, these substances that our body naturally produces are comparable to the effects of pleasure that occur with drugs derived from opium, but without the destructive consequences of addiction.
Did you know that endorphins and love are closely related? Some people may think that it is a first class kitsch, but falling in love generates endorphins and therefore this feeling of happiness, pleasure and euphoria that are experienced especially at the beginning of a relationship.
This is stated by different scientists who have proven through various studies the increase in the production of endorphins during falling in love.
How to increase the hormones of happiness
Fall in love
The reality is that although it is wonderful to be so happily in love, this is not something that one can plan to do only with some will ... unfortunately love can be something more complicated. But the good news is that there are many other ways to increase the hormones of happiness in our brain, and many of them you can start up today.
Relive happy memories
Scientific studies have shown that endorphins not only increase when we live a happy situation, but also when we remember them. In this simple way we can improve our feeling of happiness, thanks to those happy moments that comfort us to remember again. Also imagine happy things in the future, will put into action your hormones of happiness.
Do physical exercise
Physical exercise is a great motivator of the production of endorphins. Among them we recommend running, swimming, skating and cycling. But you can also choose other sports that are to your liking or for example aerobic classes, also practice some kind of dance like hip hop, salsa, or something that helps your body get moving.
You can also opt for less demanding physical activities such as yoga or hiking in a relaxing environment, the beach, a park or the countryside can be excellent options.
If it is physical exercise we can not stop mentioning another of the most endorphin producing activities: sex. Pleasant sexual relationships, or even kisses and sensual caresses can elevate our sense of happiness, and -as extra bonus- reduce stress and help to avoid insomnia.
Laugh and smile
Another trick to increase endorphins is to laugh. Laughter not only has the effect of increasing production, but also -as one works through laughter therapy- can improve the recovery of diseases or alleviate others. Join with friends that make you laugh, see your favorite comedy once more or whatever you find, but laugh. Your health will undoubtedly thank you.
Surely you already know that chocolate becomes one of the best foods to feel good and happier. As some scientific studies have shown, apparently this is because this delicious food stimulates the production of endorphins in our body.
The reason must be found in the presence of a stimulant, known as phenylethylamine, which in the body exerts the same effect as falling in love. While its composition in caffeine and theobromine helps to improve mood and increase serotonin levels in our brain.
The key? Eat every day a piece of chocolate, preferably black (that is, having at least 65 or 70 percent cocoa). This article is published for informational purposes only. It can not and should not replace the consultation with a Physician. We advise you to consult your Trusted Doctor.