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The Neurotransmitters of Happiness

Published on 7/12/2015
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I was listening to an audio the other day that said our mood, whether we're happy, sad, angry, creative, stressed or something else entirely, all comes down to the neurotransmitters in our brain. Neuroscience. This isn't new to me. I know the wiring and chemistry of our brains is what defines our every experience and every behavior. So I'm thinking...if I want to be continually happy, the best way to do that is have a look inside my brain! 

What's going on inside my brain when I feel truly content and at peace, and is there anything I can do to get my stubborn brain to be like that more often? If it all comes down to chemistry, then how do I change the chemistry in my brain? Is that even possible? Experts say it is.

When we think of or experience something that's happy, sad, scary or stressful, the brain responds by producing the relevant neurotransmitter. These transmitters include serotonin, cortisol, norepinephrine, dopamine, oxytocin, adesine and others. These are the chemicals that make us feel alert, happy, content and even loved.

When it comes to happiness, we want to increase the number of "feel good" neurotransmitters, which include serotonin, oxytocin, and dopamine. On the other hand, we want to reduce the ones like cortisol, which makes us stress. So how do we control our neurochemistry?

Lots of people do it with drugs, of course, but this will often lead to the body producing less of those chemicals naturally. This can lead to tolerance, withdrawal and dependence symptoms, and can make things worse instead of better. Lifestyle and diet changes can have an impact on which neurotransmitters the brain creates, too. Things like sleep, exercise and social interactions can also boost our mood. Ultimately, though, from what I've learned so far, the very best way to change our mood is to change what we focus on and the way we react to what we focus on. 

Since neurotransmitters are released in reaction to our subjective experiences, if we change our experience by changing our beliefs about that experience, then we can improve our neurochemistry and be happier more often. How cool is that? And remember, too, our brains don't know what's real and what's not. It's only real because we tell our brain it's real. 

With this in mind, let's all give ourselves a little experiment. The next time we're in a situation where we'd normally be upset, like a flat tire, for instance, let's try to see it in a different light. Instead of getting bummed out or angry that we're going to be late or we'll get our clothes dirty changing the tire (or whatever it might be that pisses us the hell off!), just take a pause and realize we can change our thinking.

Let's get some of those happy neurotransmitters going. Maybe someone will stop to help and that person will end up being the love of your life. You just never know!

Now go forth and be happy!

All the best,

Crystal King
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