Can you imagine your life without any emotions? Can you imagine eating your favorite food without a pinch of excitement? Can you imagine not getting dejected or sad after you failed? Can you imagine sex without pleasure? What would our life possibly mean without emotions to control us? Emotions are the sole reason why we get happy/sad at any particular moment and these are governed by hormones. If we know how our hormones work and how can it be activated easily, we have an option of staying in our own zone of emotions.
Talking about emotions, I don’t think anyone of us would ever want to be sad or dejected, we all want to be happy Don’t we? Let’s talk about how we can stay happy the scientific way.
To know how to utilise the hormones related to happiness, we must first know what these hormones are and how do they work.
There are six major chemicals in the brain that influence our happiness:
Dopamine is what we normally think of as the happiness drug. However, that’s a big misconception. Dopamine is actually involved more with anticipation than the actual “happiness” feeling. It’s more like a striving emotion and helps you to feel mentally alert.
Oxytocin is a hormone that is made in the brain, in the hypothalamus. It is transported to, and secreted by, the pituitary gland, which is located at the base of the brain. Oxytocin is released through closeness with another person. Since, you might be called pervert for doing that, you can try other ways as well. It can also be triggered through social bonding, like eye contact and attentiveness. This helps strengthen existing bonds and relationships.
Serotonin is sometimes called the happiness hormone. Serotonin regulates the mood, prevents depression and makes you feel happy. It can be released by getting exposed to sunlight, by eating foods rich in carbohydrates and by exercising.
Endorphins can make you feel good, reduce your anxiety and your sensitivity to pain. Endorphins are released by exercising or heavy workouts thus making you feel good.
Phenylethylamine is the hormone that results in the feelings we get in the early stages of a relationship. And also Cocoa beans contain that. So eating chocolates can also trigger this hormone. Now you know why chocolates are the best alternative to a relationship.
Ghrelin is a hormone that reduces stress and can help you become more relaxed. It is released when we are hungry and do you remember the amazing feeling when you see your food coming in the restaurant? Yeah, this is responsible.
Now that you know what is responsible for your happiness, you should also know what can help you trigger that. You would definitely agree with me that if we release more of that particular hormone, we have a better chance of triggering that emotion. But how do we do that? Researchers have identified some set of body language techniques that can help you trigger these hormones.
Here is an amazing video by Amy Cuddy that exactly shows how should you manage your body language to pump up more of those happy feelings.