D.O.S.E. – The Happiness Brain Chemicals: Endorphin

D.O.S.E. – The Happy Brain Chemicals that Make You Feel Good

The Benefits of Happiness

  1. Improved overall health
    • improved heart health and lower risk of heart disease
    • the ability to combat the stress hormone cortisol
    • stronger immune system so you’re less like to get sick
    • a healthier lifestyle such as physical activity and sleep habits
    • can help reduce aches and pain of those with chronic conditions
    • increase life longevity
  2. Improved creativity and problem-solving skills
  3. Benefiting the community through involvement with charities
  4. Having more positive relationships with those around you
  5. Being able to enjoy life more and get through life challenges easier
  6. Being happy with what you have

What are the Happiness Chemicals

When you feel good, your brain is releasing one of the happiness chemicals or happy hormones. There are four main happiness brain chemicals:

  1. Dopamine
  2. Oxytocin
  3. Serotonin
  4. Endorphins

Each chemical has a job to do and when your brain releases one of these chemicals, you feel good. It would be great if they all surged all the time. However, it does not work this way. Once the chemical has done its job, it will turn off, leaving you with a desire for more. By understanding how these chemicals work, we can better improve our overall happiness by tapping into each of the four happiness chemicals.

4. ENDORPHINS

Endorphins release a brief euphoria that masks physical pain. It is a response to pain and stress which also helps alleviate anxiety and depression. Any kind of physical distress can trigger endorphins.

However, you can also get a release of endorphins when you experience “runners high”. Runners high only occurs when you exceed your limits.

The release of endorphins acts as a natural pain killer and diminishes your perceptions of pain.

How Endorphin Deficiency Affects You

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Aches and pains
  • Insomnia
  • Impulsive behavior

How to Increase Endorphin Levels Naturally

  • Laughter and crying
  • Creating music or art
  • Eating dark chocolate and spicy foods
  • Exercise or stretching
  • High-intensity interval training
  • Getting a massage
  • Meditate

CrossFit GBAR3 WOD 11.17.22

WOD: HELEN (see 11.19.21)
3 rounds
run 400m
21 KB swings, 55/40
12 pull ups

AWOD
2 rounds for max sit ups
30 sec hollow rocks
30 sec plank hold
30 sec sit ups
30 sec rest

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