4 Hormones which Determine a Human’s Happiness – Worth Reading!

Hormones play an important role in human’s happiness or sadness. In this blog, I am explaining 4 hormones which determine a human’s happiness and acts by which these hormones get secreted and make you happy.

Dear friends, let’s have a real life example.

As I sat in the park after my morning walk, my wife came and slumped next to me. She had completed her 30-minute jog. We chatted for a while. She said she is not happy in life. I looked up at her sheer disbelief since she seemed to have the best of everything in life.

I asked, “Why do you think so?”

She replied, “I don’t know. Everyone tells I have everything needed, but I am not happy.

“Then I questioned myself, am I happy?  “No,” was my inner voice reply.

Now, that was an eye-opener for me. I began my quest to understand the real cause of my unhappiness, I couldn’t find one.

I dug deeper, read articles, spoke to life coaches but nothing made sense. At last, my doctor brother gave me the answer which put all my questions and doubts to rest.

I implemented those in my life and will say I am a lot happier person.

4 Hormones are Responsible for Human’s Happiness:

My Brother said, there are four hormones which determine a human’s happiness –

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

It is important we understand these hormones, as we need all four of them to stay happy.

1. Endorphins

Let’s look at the first hormone the Endorphins. When we exercise, the body releases Endorphins.

Exercise makes you Happy

This hormone helps the body cope with the pain of exercising. We then enjoy exercising because these Endorphins will make us happy.

Laughter is another good way of generating Endorphins.

We need to spend 30 minutes exercising every day, read or watch funny stuff to get our day’s dose of Endorphins.

2. Dopamine

The second hormone is Dopamine. In our journey of life, we accomplish many little and big tasks, it releases various levels of Dopamine.

When we get appreciated for our work at the office or at home, we feel accomplished and good, that is because it releases Dopamine.

Appreciation feels good.

This also explains why most housewives are unhappy since they rarely get acknowledged or appreciated for their work. Once, we join work, we buy a car, a house, the latest gadgets, and a new house so forth. In each instance, it releases Dopamine and we become happy.

Shopping makes you happy

Now, do we realize why we become happy when we shop?

3. Serotonin

The third hormone Serotonin is released when we act in a way that benefits others.

When we transcend ourselves and give back to others or to nature or to society, it releases Serotonin. Even, providing useful information on the internet like writing information blogs, answering people’s questions on Quora or Facebook groups will generate Serotonin.

Helping others make you happy

That is because we will use our precious time to help other people via our answers or articles.

4. Oxytocin

The final hormone is Oxytocin, is released when we become close to other human beings.

When we hug our friends or family Oxytocin is released. The “Jadoo Ki Jhappi” from Munnabhai does really work in a famous Bollywood movie.

Similarly, when we shake hands or put our arms around someone’s shoulders, various amounts of Oxytocin is released.

When we are happy, we can deal with our challenges and problems better. Now, we can understand why we need to hug a child who has a bad mood.  

What to do to make your Childs happier:

So to, make your child happier day by day. Do this!

  1. Motivate your child to play on the ground. – Endorphins
  2. Appreciate your child for his small big achievements. – Dopamine
  3. Inculcate sharing habit through you to your child. – Serotonin
  4. Hug your child often. – Oxytocin

These small steps will make your kids happier and you too.

The Bottom Line:

So, it is simple, we have to exercise every day to get Endorphins, we have to accomplish little goals and get Dopamine, we need to be nice to others to get Serotonin and finally hug our kids, friends, and families to get Oxytocin and we will be happy.

I bet, if you will follow these simple habits then your life will be full of happiness and joy.

I hope you like this blog and you found it helpful, so don’t forget to share it with your friends and family on social media.

What makes you happy? Comment below!

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Author: Ashu Pareek

Ashu Pareek is Blogger, Yoga Trainer and founder of Yoga Holism. He loves to help people to improve their daily life and fitness. He teaches how to get peace and happiness in life.
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