The hormones of happiness are those that generate happiness, joy and an ideal sense of well-being. But what are they and what are they really useful for?
Think a bit about how many times you have longed to find a magic potion of happiness. Surely many, and each time you came to the conclusion that – unfortunately – this is ridiculously impossible. However, perhaps this is not so, since that potion of happiness is not only possible to find, but it is inside us, specifically in our hormones.
Although it may sound like a story for the most skeptical, not only do the hormones of happiness exist but their positive effect on our mood is scientifically proven. Luckily, a lot is known about them and about how to stimulate them to increase our levels of happiness.
The first hormone of happiness that we will talk about is adrenaline, which you have surely heard about more than once. Its function in our body is vital, since it is the one that is segregated in a situation of danger or tension. It allows us to react quickly to an unexpected circumstance such as a possible traffic accident or an assault.
Adrenaline when taking action triggers various responses in our body, all of them aiming to respond to this dangerous situation. It increases blood pressure and increases respiration, which gives us more energy in the muscles that prepare for a possible flight or a major effort (the famous story of someone holding an extremely heavy wardrobe preventing it from crushing another person). The functioning of our brain and senses are also sharpened.
Adrenaline can also be in response to a stressful situation such as an exam, a presentation to a large audience, or a job interview. It is also segregated in love situations: when we blush or feel that our heart is leaking from our chest, it is adrenaline doing its job!
Adrenaline can also be associated with activities that involve risk, vertigo or speed and produces a feeling of euphoria that is extremely invigorating. In order to stimulate it, you can practice sports such as surfing, mountain biking, climbing, rafting, skating, playing paintball or any other adventure sport.
Although it does not have as much press as adrenaline, serotonin is another hormone of happiness, which is associated with pleasure and humor. It is secreted in our central nervous system and they have a lot to do with mood.
When a person has a low level of serotonin, depressive states and personality alterations such as compulsive behaviors can be triggered. This can also lead to sleep disturbances, decreased sex drive, or increased appetite (especially for carbohydrates) which can lead to unwanted weight gain.
To keep our production of the happiness hormone serotonin stimulated, we must follow these tips: reduce stress situations, avoid excess heat, eat well, reduce alcohol and caffeine consumption, and expose ourselves – carefully – to light. Of the sun.
Another way to develop higher levels of serotonin is by doing enjoyable activities, from sex to a hobby, sport or artistic activity … or all of it.
We have already talked about this famous hormone of happiness called endorphin, which is associated with feelings of calm, well-being, joy and the state of falling in love. Endorphins also have a natural analgesic effect and reduce our anxiety.
To activate the production of endorphins there is a lot you can do. As we have said, they are the hormones of falling in love, so from seeing the desired person to sexual intercourse (also including simply kisses and caresses) they will awaken the production of endorphins.
You can also play a sport that you like, especially those that involve resistance exercises like swimming, biking, skating, running, or hiking, as long as we find them enjoyable. It has been proven that with acupuncture, aromatherapy and greater contact with nature, endorphins are also increased. Finally, the last great method of cultivating these hormones of happiness is laughter: laugh, smile or die laughing until you cry!