The pleasure and happiness center is located in your brain, more precisely in the hypothalamus. This center is a collection of neurons that in response to a certain action generate a series of complex reactions under the influence of the hypothalamus, and we know them as hormones of happiness. Dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins are the happiness hormones and substances that are “managers” of your mood. We are going to talk about each happiness hormone separately, describing their properties, features, how they affect your body and what you can do to increase their levels. Let’s begin with the first one: Dopamine.
Dopamine is a type of happiness hormone that manifests itself with turbulent joy, full of immense pleasure and euphoria. More precisely, it creates dependence on pleasure. Scientists have found that to release this happiness hormone, the process itself is not as important as the expectation of something to happen to trigger the emotion. For example, when you are expecting something exciting, grandiose, unusual or long-awaited to happen – you may experience increased heart action and accelerated breathing. In these precise moments, your body secrets the dopamine hormone.
Dopamine is great when it comes to: movement control, control of the pleasure center and reward in the brain, improving cognitive functions (knowledge, attention, memory, decision making, evaluation, problem solving), regulation of prolactin secretion.
Given that dopamine is very important for your well-being and happiness, a reduced level can lead to various health problems, such as depression, sorrow, negativity, and other emotional pains.
Fortunately, there are effective ways to increase the happiness hormone dopamine in your body without using medication:
Exercise more often
Regular exercise provides happiness, strengthens your body and reduces stress.
Practice regular detoxification
Make sure you regularly perform detoxification on your organism, as the accumulation of toxins and bacteria in your body prevents the production of dopamine and reduces immunity.
Avoid addictive activities
Addiction to alcohol, drugs, sex, gambling and even shopping can give you instant pleasure, but it’s not a lasting solution. These activities will only currently satisfy our needs, but they can lead to an increased risk of developing depression and other mental illnesses.
Listen to music
The easiest way to increase the level of dopamine is by listening to music. That’s why try to have a habit of regularly listening to your favorite music in order to maintain the optimal level of dopamine.
Communicate with your friends more often
Even when you are in a bad mood, socializing with your friends can increase your body’s dopamine levels.
The level of dopamine in your brain can be increased by performing creative activity. This will also keep you focused. You do not need to become a world famous artist, but try drawing, dancing, singing, writing, cooking and the like for yourself and you will quickly notice that you will feel much better.
Increase tyrosine intake
Tyrosine is actually the most important amino acid when it comes to creating dopamine in your body. That’s why you should regularly consume food rich in tyrosine such as green tea, watermelons, almonds, bananas, avocados, and dark chocolate.
Meditation is the easiest way for your body to actively begin to produce the hormone of happiness.
Organize your life
Dopamine also increases in the performance of everyday small tasks, even when they seem tough. It is best to write down your tasks on a sheet of paper and to draw them up when finished. In this way you will feel great pleasure as soon as you see the whole list finished, and thus significantly increase the level of dopamine.
Have a good night sleep every day
Quality sleep and rest are a good start to the day, and this will definetely help you increase the level of dopamine in your body.