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Endorphins Make You Happy: Natural Ways of Boosting Happiness

holistic health Jun 01, 2021

You want to feel happier, but you don't know-how. 

Endorphins are the body's natural painkiller and mood enhancer. When released, they can make us feel more energized, creative, and even happy!

But only if we're able to release them in the first place…

With endorphin-boosting activities like physical exercise or laughter, we can boost our natural production of these chemicals that keep us feeling good. The best part is that it doesn't have to be something extreme – just 30 minutes of moderate exercise three times per week will do the trick!

This helps explain why so many people with a regular workout routine report being happier than those who don't.

Let's discuss solutions you can implement today!

Why do Endorphins improve your mental health?

Endorphins are the body's natural pain killers. They make us feel good by binding to opioid receptors in the brain.

When released, endorphins can make us feel more energized, creative, and even happy!

Endorphins are linked to improved mental health by relieving stress and improving a person's mood.

Endorphin production starts with a healthy lifestyle: exercise or laughter are excellent ways of boosting these chemicals naturally. In addition, moderate aerobic exercise such as running or swimming is a terrific option for endorphin-releasing activity.

When an endorphin is released in the body, it makes a person feel good. It can relieve feelings of anxiety and depression.

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What's the difference between endorphins and serotonin?

Endorphins are neurochemicals that are naturally released by the body, resulting in a feeling of euphoria. Serotonin is also produced by the brain, but it helps with cognitive processes such as mood and appetite.

Endorphins can be easily boosted through exercise, whereas serotonin production relies on factors like sleep, stress levels, or even genetics. However, it's important to note that endorphins are released when we exercise, so it is natural to boost their production.

What's the difference between endorphins and dopamine?

Dopamine is a natural brain chemical that is released when we experience something pleasurable. It creates a physical response in the body, such as increased heart rate or alertness.

Endorphins are also natural brain chemicals and reduce stress levels by releasing neurotransmitters into nerve cells near pain receptors. In addition, they can produce feelings of euphoria without any outside stimuli like food or drugs.

An endorphin can be released when we exercise and are also produced during sex.

They may help to reduce the severity of pain from a headache or backache by suppressing signals that go into our brain that tell us we're in discomfort or distress.

What aerobic exercise or activities are best for releasing endorphins?

A regular exercise routine will release endorphins in small doses depending on the intensity of your physical activity.

Endorphin boosting activities may include taking a hot bath, listening to music, or getting a massage.

Breathing exercises can also lead to elevated happiness levels and increased pain tolerance by releasing endorphins into the bloodstream.

Running

Running is a great way to elevate endorphin levels and reduce stress. It also helps you drop unwanted pounds, increase endurance, and live healthier.

To release the most amount of endorphins during your aerobic exercise, try interval training which alternates between periods of short, intense bursts with slower recovery intervals.

You can run for 30 minutes or more, depending on your fitness level.

If you have ever heard of a "runner's high," then what they refer to is the endorphin release you get from this aerobic activity.

A runner's high is a natural high that some people experience when running for a long time.

Your brain and body will build up a tolerance, so if you haven't gone on a run for a while, you will experience one with only moderate intensity in your run. However, as you get more regular exercise, you will need to increase the power of your workout.

Dancing

Try various types of dancing like tap dancing, ballet, hip hop, or salsa.

Dance is a fun and engaging physical activity that is also a great way to meet new people...which also gives your brain an excellent endorphin release!

With so many Dance options available, you are sure to find one that best suits your personality, keeping you engaged and interested.

Dancing is a great way to lose weight and gain muscle and flexibility as well!

Yoga 

A Yoga workout has been shown in studies to improve mood and relieve stress.

Yoga also strengthens the muscles, stretches your body, improves flexibility, decreases aches and pains (particularly those associated with arthritis).

Dive into yoga by trying out some simple poses like a child's pose or downward dog for quick results.

Not to mention yogic breathing has been shown to have the following health benefits:

  1. Reduce your stress response
  2. Help relieve depression and anxiety
  3. Promotes better nighttime sleep
  4. Increases focus, concentration, and memory retention
  5. Decreases heart rate and lowers blood pressure
  6. Stimulates parasympathetic nervous system to promote feelings of calmness

Swimming

The aerobic exercise of swimming is one of the best ways to get an endorphin release because it will get you in shape and a low-impact exercise that can be done at your own pace.

This exercise can help decrease stress, depression, and anxiety; promote better sleep quality; increase energy levels and improve moods!

Other health benefits of swimming are:

  1. Strengthens cardiovascular system
  2. Full body workout
  3. It's fun and engaging

Walking 

Walking is the perfect low-impact aerobic activity for an endorphin rush to your brain! You can do it anywhere, anytime, and with anyone. This activity will give you a boost in the mood and help decrease stress levels.

If that isn't enough, a regular walking exercise can help improve your heart health by lowering blood pressure, reducing cholesterol, and reducing the risk for heart disease.

Not to mention the fresh air is always good for the soul.

It is also recommended to do occasional stretching before and after a brisk walk to help the body feel better.

For an added bonus, try and include weight-bearing exercises like walking up or down hills or stairs for a more intense exercise and endorphin rush!

Cycling

This activity gives you a mental boost and helps with endurance, and increases your energy levels.

Cycling releases this neurochemical into the brain, which makes you happy! In addition, it helps with your health by reducing blood pressure and cholesterol levels. You also get to enjoy the fresh air while biking.

Cycling can be intense, so it's essential to do some dynamic or static stretches before or after a ride.

You can start slow if you're just starting out; it may help ease into cycling by doing small rides around your block. 

However, with e-bike technology coming a long way, people who otherwise might have struggled with bicycling can now join in on this beautiful and healthy exercise.

Releasing Endorphins Through Nutrition

Food is one of the most crucial components of a healthy life. In fact, it can either help release or suppress endorphins.

The following foods are known to stimulate the release of happy hormones:

Chocolate:

Dark chocolate is a mood booster, and studies have shown that just one ounce can boost your feel-good chemicals for up to six hours!

This makes dark chocolate an excellent choice before a date night.

Drink Plenty of Water:

It's always important to stay hydrated, but water is specifically a great way to release the "happy hormone."

Drinking plenty of H20 will help keep you energized and make your mood better.

Make sure not only are you drinking enough when exercising, that includes the day as well!

Try and drink water that is pH balanced and adequately mineralized.

Conclusion

Take a walk, do yoga, or meditate to increase your endorphins.

The sound of laughter can also release this wonderful neurochemical into the brain. So try smiling more often and laughing frequently!

When you feel good, it's easy to be happy.

Do your best to incorporate these natural ways of boosting happiness into your life!

We hope you've found this article helpful. Have you tried any of these natural ways to boost your happiness? Share with us in the comments which ones worked for you!

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