Here is a list of happiness hacks we can use to boost important “happiness chemicals” such as:
Dopamine > Reward
Oxytocin > Love/Bonding
Serotonin > Happiness/Mood
Endorphins > Energy/Pain-Killer
Dopamine is often associated with reward-seeking and goal – oriented behavior.
Complete a small and easy task
Making your bed
Washing the dishes
Finish an email
Celebrate a small win
Something you accomplished recently
Eat a healthy but enjoyable snack
Complete a small puzzle or game
Oxytocin is often associated with feelings of love, affection and bonding
Give someone a long hug
Play with a pet
Do a kind act for someone
Tell someone you love them
Play with kids
Cradle a baby
Give someone a genuine compliment
Wrap yourself in a comfy and warm blanket
Cuddle with a loved one
While in bed
Serotonin is often associated with mood regulation and happiness.
Practice meditation, such as a simple breathing meditation
Go for a long walk.
Spend more time outside and learn to appreciate
Every day nature.
Sit in the sun and enjoy it
Especially when boosting mental health in the winter
Pursue a creative hobby
Identify one thing you are grateful for every day
Make gratitude a daily Mental Habit
Endorphins are often associated with stimulation, energy, and feelings of relief (pain-killers).
Laugh a lot with friends.
Watch a comity movie or funny TV show.
Go for a long run
Also known as “runner’s high”
Have an intense workout at the gym
Engage in competitive activity.
Dance to fast and upbeat music
Take a cold shower to shock your body and boost your adrenaline
Get a chiropractic massage, deep tissue massage or try acupuncture
Enjoy a glass or two of red wine at night
Eat dark chocolate