Updated: January 15th, 2017 Did you know that up to 95% of the decisions that you make are actually based on primal emotions and instincts? Yeah, all of those arguments, feelings of attraction, and impulsive decisions in the supermarket are largely caused by four brain chemicals (also known as your brain’s happy chemicals)…
Now, you can take a glimpse into the 4 chemicals that are responsible for most of the decisions that you make every day.
What you find about how your brain operates will probably shock you…
Brain Chemical #4. Dopamine
Dopamine instantly makes you feel amazing, almost as if you’re receiving a light dose of laughing gas each time that it’s released in your brain.
For example, receiving a package that you ordered, buying a new shirt, or even seeing your waiter bringing your food to your table at a restaurant are all situations that cause your brain to release dopamine. You surprisingly don’t even have much control over these everyday occurrences which release hits of dopamine in your brain and make you feel a nice buzz.
However, if you haven’t felt enough pleasure in your life lately, then you may not be getting enough dopamine at all. A reliable way to receive more dopamine over the long-run (and create more enthusiasm in your life) is to consistently set up small goals or activities that can be easily accomplished.
By making it a point to regularly experience more successful outings with friends, fun dates with love interests, or adventurous “mini vacations” with good people, you will begin to feel massive changes happening in your life. Your brain will suddenly begin to release more dopamine that will make you feel “alive” and fulfilled over time.
Brain Chemical #3. Oxytocin
Oxytocin is often referred to as the “love chemical” that’s released in your brain after feelings of love, trust and intimacy have been built.
You might recognize the feeling of oxytocin being released if you’ve ever seen a past love interest of yours in public. This is when all of those past feelings of desire, passion and excitement immediately hit you once again, like you’re at the peak of a roller coaster ride.
For an instant boost in oxytocin, try giving someone who you like a bear hug for 10 seconds or longer.
For a longer-lasting cultivation of oxytocin in your life, you must ultimately work hard towards developing great relationships with your friends and loved ones.
Brain Chemical #2. Serotonin
When you’re feeling important, admired or like you play a significant role in your social circle (“high status”) this is when your brain can become flooded with serotonin. It’s common for people to experience a rush of serotonin after feeling like you’ve won a heated argument, had an amazing night out with friends, or accomplished something that you’d been meaning to take care of.
You can even feel the effects of serotonin being released when you think back on past victories or small moments of success.
Unfortunately, it can be common for people to lack serotonin, as this is a major reason why many people report feelings of loneliness or depression. This is also why most antidepressant medications focus on producing serotonin in the brain.
For a quick natural serotonin fix, you can lay out in the sun for 20 minutes, or regularly take a good vitamin D supplement. This will assist your brain with the production of serotonin in a pleasant and healthy way.
Brain Chemical #1. Endorphins
I hope that you’ve never been involved in a serious accident or medical emergency. But, just in case you have, you’ll likely remember the rush of endorphins which immediately numbed any feelings of pain or anxiety that you experienced.
Endorphins are an important and almost magical type of chemical which the brain thankfully produces. Endorphins are also responsible for the “runner’s high” that can be felt during the final stages of an intensive 5K marathon, or even after finishing a hard-hitting cardio session at your local gym.
If you haven’t experienced an exercise-induced endorphin buzz lately, then it could be time for you to get back to your favorite workout routine.
Alternatively, you can also catch a quick rush of endorphins by visiting a comedy club, watching a funny movie or indulging in some at-home aromatherapy.
The Four Brain Chemicals (Happy Chemicals) Conclusion
Overall, being aware of the four essential chemicals that your brain naturally produces will allow you to understand why you may be experiencing certain thoughts, feelings and actions.
When you see that new pair of good-looking shoes at the mall, or even that ex-lover of yours at a holiday party, you now understand why you’re feeling that astonishing chemical buzz rushing through your mind and body.