How do you feel whenever your hardwork is
being appreciated? Or how do people feel whenever you appreciate them? There's this sense of joy, happiness, satisfaction and enthusiasm to do more that takes over your mind whenever you're been appreciated. There's nothing as satisfying as having your worth and work been accorded great recognition by people far and around you. It's indeed, mind blowing and brain boosting. It triggers you to go an extra mile to do more of such work over and over again. This overall activity is due to the presence of happiness chemicals/hormones within our brain.
The human brain is a very complex delicate organ that works in partnership with the spinal cord (forming the Central Nervous System, CNS), and peripheral nervous system to coordinate and optimize its activities. The four main happiness hormonal secretions or chemicals produced by the brain cells include serotonin, dopamine, endorphins and oxytocin. Each one has an impact on happiness, with effects ranging from boosting pleasure and satisfaction to controlling stress and anxiety.
Serotonin is known to be one of the key hormones linked to our emotions and mood. It’s associated with satisfaction and optimism, and also has a role in our physical health. It works across many different parts of the brain as a modulator to tweak a wide range of physical, emotional, cognitive and metabolic functions.
The presence of serotonin in the body influences everything from the quality of our sleep to our appetite. Low serotonin has been linked to reduced immune system function as well as a wide range of mental illness such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and anxiety.
Dopamine is an important neurotransmitter in our brain often known as the reward or pleasure chemical released by our brain during activities that are considered pleasurable, such as exercise or eating thereby rewarding us with a hit of happiness and enthusiasm. Dopamine is said to acts across several areas of the brain and therefore, can affect many different functions such as memory, learning,movement and behaviour.
Endorphins are known to be natural pain relievers and mood boosters. They’re released during laughter, continuous exercise, having sex, eating chocolate and listening to music. They act directly on the brain’s opioid receptors and thereby reduce the feeling of pain. When released, endorphins result in an energised, euphoric feeling, thereby reducing the painful feelings.
The happiness chemical that helps us feel loved and connected to others is oxytocin. Oxytocin is known as the love chemical as it’s released during human-to-human contact such as hugging and kissing. Oxytocin also plays an essential role in reproduction. Studies have found it can trigger labour contractions and the flow of breast milk in women, and the movement of sperm in men.
With these outlined hormonal chemicals above, the feel of love, enthusiasm, happiness and good emotions is built up within us which definitely promotes and boost our brain function and strength for better performance.
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