Have you ever felt absolutely helpless when you noticed a friend was feeling down? Well, the hormones produced by our brains are responsible for positive emotions, and learning how to activate them can help you cheer someone (or yourself) up.
Serotonin is nicknamed the confidence compound. To boost serotonin levels, the infographic recommends eating dark chocolate and listening to relaxing music or sounds. Dark chocolate releases not only serotonin but also endorphins. Some other suggestions are using “word associations” and blasting music in the car.
Dopamine is known as the reward neurotransmitter. To release dopamine, the infographic suggests completing many fulfilling tasks, such as tackling crossword puzzles and other problem-solving games. Cleaning and meditating have the same effects, so it may be worth inviting a sad friend to yoga.
Next, oxytocin is a bonding hormone. The infographic suggests going to the dog park to get more of this molecule, while petting animals also releases serotonin and prolactin. Volunteering brings a sense of community and closeness with others, which can also release oxytocin.
Finally, endorphins are natural painkillers. You may find satisfaction in smashing old plates on the ground or eating tacos thanks to endorphins. Another great way to release endorphins is to fake-it-till-you-make-it by fake laughing until you find yourself laughing for real. Finally, pamper yourself with a warm bath in Epsom salts and lavender scents. For more ways to manage stress, check out this infographic.