How to unlock your happy chemicals naturally
The human body is an incredible system capable of producing an array of chemicals that boost your mood and trigger feelings of euphoria. Dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin and endorphins are among the better-known hormones responsible for enhancing mood and eliciting positive emotions.
All of these can, of course, be triggered by an array of actions and activities, without the need for any external imbibing. Stimulating these happy chemicals naturally, during a night out, is actually very simple… and repeated actions can create new neural pathways in the brain, leading to longer-term benefits.
Human-to-human contact is one of the ultimate methods of boosting your mood. Essential from the day we’re born, a warm embrace that lasts more than 20 seconds will get oxytocin (the love hormone) flowing.
The often-touted “runner’s high” stems from pushing the body beyond its limits, to the point where it’s actually a little distressing. This promotes the release of endorphins, which lead to positive feelings. Dancing vigorously or continuously can have the same effect.
The power of music alone to increase the release of dopamine should never be underestimated. Not just in the club, but at home too. The right music can quite literally transform a bad mood into a good one.
Laughing leads to the body being stretched and twisted in unusual ways, stimulating the heart, lungs and muscles to promote the release of endorphins. Laughter also increases your intake of oxygen, reduces stress and strengthens the immune system.
SMILE AT A STRANGER
If you happen to lock eyes with a stranger, flash them a smile, you’d be surprised at how many people reciprocate and, more importantly, just how good it feels to have such a friendly, unspoken exchange.
RAVE IN THE SUNSHINE
Day parties and festivals are the ideal place to experience that feel-good atmosphere, sun blazing down on your skin, warmth… The result? Serotonin is released and it’s smiles all round for everyone.
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