How To Be Happier According To Science

Happiness is in the little things. A warm cup of coffee in the morning, a dog wagging its tail at you, inviting your friends over for a nice meal. We are all different and many particular things have the power to make us smile – but at the end of the day, it all depends on biology. There are many ways to become even happier by triggering happiness chemicals in our brains, and we are here to explain how.


Dopamine, the reward chemical


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Dopamine, also known as the reward chemical, is a neurotransmitter that plays an important role in our uniquely human ability to think and plan. To activate it, you should focus on completing a task, doing self-care activities, eating food you enjoy, and celebrating small victories in your day.


Serotonin, the mood stabilizer


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Serotonin is a mood stabilizer. It is usually associated with exercising but it can also be increased by meditating, getting some sunrays, walking in nature, and swimming. If you enjoy running or cycling, these are also great activities to boost your serotonin production and improve your mood.


Endorphin, the pain killer


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Endorphins are hormones that our bodies produce to relieve stress and pain. These chemicals can be increased with exercise, laughter, and some dark chocolate. While watching a good comedy and having a good laugh can definitely help you improve your endorphin levels, some studies show suggest trying essential oils such as lavender, rosemary and bergamot.