Our entire personality, our energy level, and how we cope is hormonal. Serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin, and endorphins are famously happy hormones that promote positive feelings like pleasure, happiness, and even love.
Hormones and neurotransmitters are involved in lots of essential processes, like heart rate and digestion, but also your mood and feelings. They are the body’s chemical messengers, and some of them are known for their ability to help people bond, feel joy, and experience pleasure. Understanding the importance of these happy chemicals in the brain and body and their impact on mental health means you can take active steps to improve their levels naturally.
The hormones in your body rise and fall throughout the day. Some hormones are involved in the regulation of mood, pleasure, bonding, and even pain relief. These chemicals are critical components of your health, like growth and development, metabolism, and reproduction too. Happy hormones travel through the bloodstream to different organs and tissues, boost mood and promote general wellbeing in many ways. Some can alleviate anxiety and prevent depressive symptoms while others trigger pleasure, joy, bonding, and trust.
The main happiness chemicals in your body:
Serotonin: mood stabiliser, wellbeing, happiness
Dopamine: pleasure, motivational role in brain’s reward system
Oxytocin: bonding, love, trust
Endorphins: pain relief, runner’s high, relaxation, euphoria
What is less known is that happiness hormones reflect your environment, relationships, diet, exercise regime, and your gut microbes. You have the power to influence your mood by the choices you make every day, and the quality and diversity of your microbiome.