We are all looking for happiness, but where is it? What is the key to overall happiness in life? Some people think it is money, family, or other materialistic objects.
Finding happiness in life might be easier than you think. We have chemicals in our brain that are responsible for the way we feel – negative feelings and positive feelings. The brain chemicals, or neurochemicals, that make us feel good are often referred to as the ‘feel good chemicals’, They mainly consist of dopamine and serotonin, but dopamine is the one that really makes you feel happy.
So what can we do to increase our dopamine levels? Well, doctors will try to prescribe medications that are said to balance out our neurochemicals, but they are way too risky. They have serious side effects and are really addictive. Instead of taking pharmaceuticals we should always resort to natural treatment. It is the only kind of treatment that doesn’t typically make everything worse, and you have guaranteed results – and thankfully, there are several ways to naturally boost your dopamine levels.
One of the easiest ways to naturally boost your dopamine levels is by setting goals. Research shows that dopamine is automatically released when we complete a goal. The best part about it is that it does not matter how big or small the goal is! Studies show that more dopamine is released when you physically check off your to do list. So, write down some small goals and check them off when you complete them. You’ll feel great about your day.
Another way to increase your dopamine naturally is by focusing on something you love. If you love to draw take 20 minutes out of each day and focus on your drawing! When you are doing these you love you become extremely focused, and psychologists call this ‘the flow’. So get your flow on and focus on something you love to do.
Exercising is great for us, we all know that. It strengthens virtually every part of our bodies from bones, muscles, cardiovascular system, immune health, and yes, even your emotional health. According to scientists, exercising releases dopamine and serotonin in your brain. It doesn’t even have to be a hard workout either! Just go for a walk!
Another important component of natural happiness is reminding yourself of your streaks. Have a visual reminder of how many days in a row you have achieved something. It can do more than you think.
Increasing tyrosine, an essential amino acid, can naturally boost your dopamine levels. It is essentially the building block of dopamine. It helps make up the dopamine compound. Increasing your intake of this nutrient can dramatically increase your dopamine levels. Eating bananas, beef, chicken, green tea, watermelon, yogurt, coffee, and almonds can increase your tyrosine levels.
Listening to music can also make you feel one thousand times better. It also increases dopamine levels, according to research. The next time you are feeling down, listen to your favorite tunes. Listening to music daily might even change the whole game for you.
Meditating has literally hundreds of benefits. It has been scientifically proven to reduce anxiety, blood pressure, and treat many other health issues. Mindfully meditating is an excellent way to just let life go on. Simply exist in time and enjoy being alive. It also keeps you from overthinking. Some studies have even directly linked meditation to raising dopamine levels.
Last but not least, writing down the things you love about life can also release dopamine. Taking ten minutes out of each day and writing down things you like, love, and enjoy about life. It can also be beneficial to your self esteem to write the things you like about yourself!