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Hack Your Way to Happiness: 5 Things That Naturally Stimulate Endorphins

October 5th, 2017 | Posted by Editor in Health and Wellness

We all have our fair share of bad days. When we wake up on the wrong side of the bed, it seems as if misery is all that we know and happiness is nothing but an abstract concept. These days may get difficult to deal with — but positive neurochemicals like the endorphins are partly responsible for our general well-being. The good news is? It is possible to hack our way into increasing them.

Healthy diet and exercise are only some of the common ways of boosting the body’s endorphins, the natural feel-good hormones, but this article will also present some other ways where you can enjoy a quick endorphin boost.

Vanilla or lavender
Have you ever wondered why common fragrance oils, air fresheners, or candles have common scents of vanilla and lavender? That is because they are some of the aromas which have been proven to effectively lift up one’s mood. They also increase the production of our body’s feel-good chemicals, endorphins, and in turn help in reducing anxiety and improving insomnia. Dabbing some of them on your wrist could go a long way for the day!

Ginseng
Ginseng has been shown to stabilize stress hormones in the body as well as improve the organs that make such hormones. Generally, the herb is known to benefit people who are feeling under the weather due to fatigue and stress. There is also evidence that it improves cognitive functions, concentration and memory. With that, muscles in the body use energy in a much more efficient manner.

Laughter
As the old saying goes, laughter is the best medicine. Studies has shown it helps in lowering blood pressure, reducing stress, and triggering the release of endorphins. It seems the more we laugh, the better our overall health becomes. It also gives us a better perspective in life as well as a general sense of well-being. Besides, distracting ourselves from our problems by laughing them away is practical and convenient. It’s free!

Chocolate
A lot of us chocolate lovers like to savor in the sweetness because it gives us a sense of bliss. As a matter of fact, it has been one of the most common guilty pleasures of many Singaporeans. Sure, it has a high fat content, but chocolate has been actually proven to be beneficial to the body if consumed in moderation. It is rich in chemicals that trigger more release of endorphins, hormones which promote pleasure and relieve pain.

Music
Listening to the music you like has its own way of lifting up your spirits especially if you are feeling down. We all enjoy hearing music playing in the background, but to truly experience music means actively listening to it. It has been found out to be the perfect avenue to trigger joy and unleash chemicals in the brain which helps you feel good, like endorphins. As the old song goes, music makes the world go round.

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