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Happiness Hacks: These 4 STRANGE Things Will Make You HAPPY!

Yes, it’s true – you can hack your way to happiness in 2020… Just follow my advice!

You’ve likely noticed that most of the articles I write here are about nutrition, physical health, or dealing with specific health conditions…

However, as a natural practitioner, that’s not all I have expertise on…

And today’s article is going to focus on an aspect that I don’t talk about so often but is actually a quite common reason why my family and friends ask me for advice…

It’s happiness.

And more specifically, the hidden little things you can do to boost your own mood.

Now, here’s the secret you might not realize about happiness…

It actually does have a physical aspect…

The Brain Chemicals Responsible for Happiness

woman smiling in a field

You see, what you think of as your mood, or how happy you are, is directly dependent on chemicals that are produced by your brain…

And this production happens both as a normal part of being alive AND as a response to everything in your life…

From the food you eat to interactions with other people to stress to your inner thoughts – everything affects these chemicals…

I’ll go into more detail and give you a happiness hack for each one, but here are the four primary chemicals that cause happiness:

  • Serotonin
  • Dopamine
  • Endorphins
  • Oxytocin

Each of these brain chemicals works slightly differently, so let’s just jump right in with the first one…

Serotonin – The “Ego” Chemical

happy woman in a canoe at sunset

When your brain produces serotonin, you feel important…

And the opposite is also true – when you have lower levels of serotonin, you can feel small and insignificant, lonely, and general sadness…

That’s why a lack of serotonin is often thought to be one of the leading causes of depression…

And depression isn’t the only effect of low serotonin. Many other behaviors are linked as well, including…

  • Acting out to gain attention
  • Criminal behavior
  • Sexual addiction

Now, there is a relatively well-known way to get your body to produce more serotonin and boost your happiness…

Vitamin D and ultraviolet light stimulate serotonin production, which is why the most common advice for low serotonin sufferers is to spend more time outside…

And while I completely agree that more exposure to sunlight will increase Vitamin D, and in turn, increase serotonin, I’ve got another solution…

My Top Healthy Serotonin Tip

This may sound weird, but stick with me and it’ll all make sense…

If you want more serotonin, then I encourage you to eat more mushrooms.

Now, if you just said “What?”, I completely understand – at first glance, mushrooms and happiness don’t really seem to go together…

However, in a weird twist of nature, mushrooms have the same ability to synthesize Vitamin D from the sun…

And they pass that Vitamin D on to you… meaning your serotonin goes up.

Be sure to look for varieties that have specifically been grown with UV light as they provide the strongest benefits.

Dopamine – The “Achievement” Chemical

girl with graduation cap smiling

You know that feeling you get when you…

Receive a promotion at work, hit a home run, or win a contest?

That’s dopamine entering your brain…

And what you’re feeling is a sense of accomplishment – something that’s incredibly important to long-term happiness…

And if you’re not getting enough dopamine, you can pretty much guess what the effect will be. You’ll…

  • Feel like your not capable of finishing anything
  • Lose your desire for activities you normally enjoy
  • And procrastinate whenever you can

So when you notice that you’re being sluggish or putting off the things that you need to do, it could be related to low dopamine…

And I’ve got just what the doctor ordered to push your dopamine levels back where they need to be…

My Top Healthy Dopamine Tip

Like the tip for serotonin, my secret dopamine antidote may also seem a little strange…

But trust me – it does work. What I’d like you to do is sing along with the radio…

Doesn’t matter if you’re driving, in the shower, or just hanging around the house.

Ok, here’s the deal – listening to music releases dopamine to be absorbed by the brain…

And furthermore, singing is also related to pleasure. And if you want to go down an interesting rabbit hole, just Google “sacculus” – it’s a small organ in your ear that’s linked to pleasure centers in your brain and it activates IMMEDIATELY when you start singing.

As for the music you choose to sing, I would recommend more upbeat songs for the best possible effect…

And personally, I like singing to old soul and R&B records from the ’60s like Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, and Aretha Franklin when I want to feel happier.

Endorphins – The “Physical” Chemical

happy woman running on the beach

All these chemicals happen in your brain, but endorphins are the most physical of the four and you can feel them throughout your body…

It’s that physical blast of pleasure that comes from exercising, laughing, and dancing…

And it’s so common that joggers have a name for it – a “runner’s high”…

Now, here’s the thing – you don’t necessarily have to do something physical to get an endorphin rush…

The reason being is that our bodies are wired in interesting ways and as you’ve seen with my hacks for serotonin and dopamine, those connections aren’t always obvious…

And the solution for endorphins could be the strangest of them all…

My Top Healthy Endorphins Tip

It’s not really understood why, but there are certain smells that release endorphins…

And there’s a good chance you have some of those smells already in your kitchen just waiting to be sniffed…

  • Lemons
  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Limes

That’s right! The oil of citrus fruits all have a special smell that triggers your brain to release endorphins…

Strange? Definitely.

But I’m not going to argue with the scientific studies that have measured endorphin levels before and after subjects smell citrus fruits…

And from my own personal experience, just a quick sniff of an orange does put a little more pep in my step.

Oxytocin – The “Intimacy” Chemical

happy woman hugging someone

Like endorphins, you can truly feel when you get a rush of oxytocin in your brain…

Imagine that you’ve had a business trip and when you get back home, your significant other is waiting with a welcoming hug and a peck on the cheek…

That’s the feeling of oxytocin, and we start experiencing this chemical from the moment we’re born – it’s what creates an instant connection between mother and child through breastfeeding…

And as you grow up, the way you experience intimacy may change, but that feeling never does.

Here’s what to do if you think your oxytocin is low…

My Top Healthy Serotonin Tip

It’s hard to fake that human connection of intimacy, but there is an extremely effective proxy…

Your pets.

When you pet a cat, dog, or other animals, it generates the same release of oxytocin as embracing another human…

And because your pets have a more direct, unconditional type of love for you as their master, giving them physical attention is almost always welcomed.

Now, if you don’t have pets and don’t want to commit to the obligations that taking care of a pet presents, my advice to you is to offer to walk a neighbor’s dog…

Or even better, volunteer once a week at a local animal shelter.

I hope you’ve learned a bit more about the chemistry behind happiness and now have some more options if you’re feeling blue…

If you’re dealing with depression, you might want to look into taking a daily natural supplement as well, like our star product Brain Max. Click the button below to find out more.Brain Max Depression and Anxiety Health Supplement

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