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The Mind's Happy Chemicals

Your mind literally acts as a "happy chemical" manufacturing facility.

Here are the 4 chemicals it manufactures:

Dopamine (The Reward Chemical):

Enables motivation, learning, and pleasure.

Gives you determination to accomplish goals, desires and needs.

Oxytocin (The Love Hormone):

Creates feeling of trust, motivates you to build and sustain relationships.

Plays a role in bonding.

Serotonin (The Mood Stabilizer):

Causes you to feel significant or important among peers.

Causes you to accept yourself with the people around you.

Endorphine (The Pain Killer):

Releases a brief euphoria to mask physical pain.

Creates a response to pain and stress that alleviates anxiety and depression.

In order for your mind to manufacture these chemicals it needs you to provide it "raw goods" by doing the following things:

Dopamine is made when you:

  • Meditate

  • Check off a daily to-do list

  • Set long term goals

  • Eat food rich in L-Tyrosine

  • Exercise regularly

  • Create something: Writing / music / art

Oxytocin is made when you:

  • Experience physical touch

  • Socialize

  • Get a massage

  • Get Acupuncture

  • Listen to music

  • Exercise

  • Take a cold shower

  • Meditate

Serotonin is made when you:

  • Exercise

  • Take a cold shower

  • Get exposed to sunlight

  • Get a massage

Endorphine is made when you:

  • Laugh or Cry

  • Create music / art

  • Eat dark chocolate

  • Eat spicy foods

  • Exercise / stretch

  • Get a massage

  • Meditate

Should you not feed the mind the "raw goods" it needs, it will not manufacture the chemicals which will results in deficiencies. Here is a detailed breakdown How deficiency of each chemical effects you (when not doing the outlined items above):

Dopamine deficiency causes:

  • Procrastination

  • Low self-esteem

  • Lack of motivation

  • Low energy or fatigue

  • Inability to focus

  • Feeling anxious

  • Feeling hopeless

  • Mood swings

Oxytocin deficiency causes:

  • Feeling lonely

  • Stressed

  • Lack of motivation

  • Low energy or fatigue

  • Disconnect of relationships

  • Feeling anxious

  • insomnia

Serotonin deficiency causes:

  • Low self esteem

  • Feeling overly sensitive

  • Anxiety/panic attacks

  • Mood swings

  • Feeling hopeless

  • Social phobia

  • Obsession/compulsion

  • Insomnia

Endorphine deficiency causes:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Mood swings

  • Aches and pains

  • Insomnia

  • Impulsive behavior

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