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Science of Happiness

THE SCIENCE BEHIND HAPPINESS WHAT IT IS Dopamine is a chemical that transmits signals between nerve cells WHAT IT IS HOW IT WORKS OXYTOCIN Stimulates pleasure, Oxytocin is a hormone that is produced, stored, and secreted by the pituitary gland motivation, and feelings of enjoyment Love HOW IT WORKS DOPAMINE Stimulates a sense Reward of attachment ENDORPHIN Pain-Killing GAMMA- AMINOBUTYRIC ACID WHAT IT IS Anti-Anxiety A chemical in the brain that interacts with the body's opiate receptors WHAT IT IS An amino acid which acts as a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system HOW IT WORKS Decreases feelings of pain and stress causing a euphoric analgesic effect HOW IT WORKS Creates a sense of calmness, increases quality of sleep, and reduces stress, nervousness, and anxiety SEROTONIN Confidence WHAT IT IS WHAT IT IS Neurotransmitters that are responsible for maintaining mood balance A chemical produced by the adrenal glands in HOW IT WORKS response to stress or danger ADRENALINE Stimulates positive mood, sex drive, memory, sleep, and appetite HOW IT WORKS Energy Increases blood pressure, sugar in the blood, heart rate, stimulates excitement, increases strength, boosts energy, and decreases feelings of pain THE ACTIONS BEHIND HAPPINESS Look into another person's eyes, cuddle, hold hands, kiss, hug, or get a massage Eat foods rich in tyrosine and antioxidants to help the body produce more dopamine such as almonds, avocados, low-fat dairy, meat, seeds, fruits, and vegetables Consume foods rich in tryptophan, exercise, enjoy the sunlight, meditate, or practice yoga Smell vanilla, eat spicy food or chocolate, exercise, and listen to music Dance or participate in other activities that make you excited Participate in yoga, meditation, and exercise. Consume chamomile, oolong tea, tomatoes, hummus, kefir, grilled shrimp and brown rice RESOURCES BROUGHT TO YOU BY O JAZZERCISE.

Science of Happiness

shared by StaceySD on Feb 23
Everybody wants to be and feel happy, but did you know that how happy you feel all starts with six tiny molecules found in your brain? From Oxytocin, the love molecule, to Adrenaline, the energy molec...





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