The Science of ‘Happy'

DOSE Neurochemicals make us happy

Dopamine - ‘reward’ molecule; increased by voluntary acts of kindness, setting and completing a goal

Oxytocin - ‘bonding’ molecule; skin-to-skin contact, affection from an animal

Serotonin - ‘confidence’ molecule; pursuing things that reinforce a sense of purpose, meaning, and accomplishment, exposure to bright light ie. sunshine, exercise, and higher intakes f tryptophan - heavy foods (80% of serotonin exists in the gut, and is controlled nu your state of hunger

Endorphines - ‘pain-killing’ molecule; physical exertion, acupuncture, exercise, orgasm


The Brain

The Prefrontal Cortex: receives the good feelings of Dopamine and Oxytocin

The Amygdala: regulates emotions

The Hippocampus: manages memories including pleasant ones

The Ventral Tegmental: releases Dopamine

The Nucleus Accumbens; controls the release of Dopamine

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