Dopamine, endorphins, oxytocin and serotonin are our four happiness hormones. Learn more about the best way to hack your happiness hormones easily in your everyday life.
Dopamine is the hormone that controls the brain’s reward centers. This is what makes you feel motivated and creates action towards your needs and goals. Try learning something new, celebrate a success, complete a task, listen to music, sleep, exercise or go out in the sun – this raises your dopamine.
The endorphins are the body’s own pain relievers and also help you deal with stress better. This hormone increases when you laugh, exercise, dance, be creative, stretch, meditate and also when you eat dark chocolate.
Oxytocin is the love hormone. The body receives this hormone when you feel cared about, get physical touch, laugh, get appreciated, spend time with animals, hug someone and are in social contexts with people that you like.
Serotonin makes you feel at peace and feel meaningful. Focus on eating nutritious food, as most of the body’s serotonin is created in the stomach.
A good tip is to do something small every day that raises your happy hormones; take care of yourself, move, massage yourself, go out in nature, laugh, meditate and try to get some sun hours when the sun is out.