• AnJenette Afridi. MA

Feel-Good Hormones (Yay!)

Neurotransmitters are released into our bloodstream, and they act on various organs and tissues to control everything from the way our body functions to how we feel. The neurotransmitters dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and endorphins are often referred to as the “feel-good hormones” because of the happy and, sometimes, euphoric feelings they produce. We can boost our levels of these “feel-good hormones” with some simple mindful habits like mindful eating, mindful walking, meditation, exercise, smiling, and increasing our exposure to animals, nature, music, and sunlight. The simple habit of smiling increases “feel-good hormones”. Researchers at the University of Kansas published findings that smiling helps reduce the body’s response to stress and lowers heart rate in stressful situations. The laughter prescription study linked smiling to lower blood pressure, and another study Happiness and Longevity suggests that smiling leads to longevity. “A smile is happiness you’ll find right under your nose.” | Tom Wilson


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