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Rewire your happiness hormones by following these hacks proven by science

Published on:23 January 2021, 12:01pm IST
If you think staying happy isn’t as easy, then you should definitely try these hacks to tackle your happiness hormones. Trust us, they work.
Nikita Bhardwaj
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You can totally control your happiness hormones. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Have you ever wondered why eating your favourite dessert instantly brings a smile on your face? Or when someone appreciates you for your hard work, it just brightens up even a rough day? Well, all this and more happens because there is some chemical locha that’s happening in your brain. Yes, we are referring to the happiness hormones that are secreted inside your brain.

There are four happiness hormones that are in the spotlight – dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, and endorphins. Each hormone has a different purpose to serve, and doing certain things triggers either one of these or all. That means you can totally hack all the four happiness hormones, and take charge of your own  happiness. 

So, how should you go about it?

Well, here’s your guide that will help you hack these happiness hormones and make room for some “hehe-haha” moments:
  • Dopamine hack


    If you lack motivation, then you can put the blame on dopamine. It is a lack of this hormone that causes procrastination, self-doubt, and even low enthusiasm. But you can only hack this hormone by rewarding yourself, because that’s the language it understands. So, what can you do to pump it up? Here’s a list:

Celebrate even the smallest of your wins
– Have cheat days, as food plays a huge role in making you happy
– Indulge is self-care. Pamper yourself by going for a spa, movie, etc.

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Some activities can induce happiness. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
  • Oxytocin hack


    If you lack intimacy, do not trust your partner, and are unable to establish a bond with your family, then it is a sign that your body is not producing enough oxytocin. Boost this hormone by doing these activities:

Get a pet
– Indulge in your hobbies
– Play with kids
– Give a jadoo ki jhappi   

  • Serotonin hack


    In the absence of serotonin, loneliness and depression are experienced by a person. Also, if you feel that you have frequent mood swings, it’s all because of serotonin. Here’s what you can do to release serotonin:

    – Exercise
    – Dance
    – Meditate
    – Swim
    Go for a run
    – Take a sunbath

     

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    Exercising helps you hack your happiness hormones. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
  • Endorphin hack

    Last but not the least, here’s what you can do to release endorphins:

    Adopt laughter therapy
    – Exercise
    – Stretch your body
    – Meet your friends

    Doing all these activities will not just help you get rid of physical pain, but will also aid in mental and emotional detox. 

Tada! Have you ever thought that doing even the simplest things can make such a huge difference? No, right? That’s why we decided to share this life-changing piece of advice!

Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.