5 Foods that Increase Your Happiness

What is happiness?

From a scientific point of view, happiness is when “happy chemicals” are released in the body. These chemicals can be dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin and endorphins. Many foods, events and thoughts can trigger these chemical releases.

Even though, you need a healthy amount of all these happy chemicals, let’s focus on dopamine.

Having an abundance of dopamine can lead to positivity, motivation, self-confidence, and creativity. A person that has abundance in dopamine would most likely have a good memory, find pleasure in day-to-day activities, and have an easier time concentrating than those that lack dopamine.

The lack of dopamine can cause the very opposite. It can lead to symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Lack of motivation
  • Addiction
  • Insomnia
  • Procrastination
  • Low libido
  • Mood swings
  • Concentration challenges
  • Thyroid issues
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Inability to feel pleasure
  • Depression

We’re even finding that addictions such as smoking/vaping, gambling, and alcohol can be caused by low levels of dopamine. By using these substances, it gives an instant gratifying high of dopamine. 

Have you ever found yourself feeling “blah” and just can’t seem to find that motivation?

Maybe the fix to your “blah” is an increase in dopamine.

How do you increase your dopamine levels?

One way is through foods. Foods high in dopamine are foods such as:

  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Beets
  • Kale
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Green Tea

Another way is through exercise. Exercise can release natural dopamine that your body makes. That’s why many times, a person feels great after exercise and want to continue.

If you are finding yourself with those “lack” symptoms, it’s time to help your body increase those dopamine levels.

Once your physical body is taken care of, the rest will follow.

References:“PLoS ONE;” Thinking Outside a Less Intact Box: Thalamic Dopamine D2 Receptor Densities Are Negatively Related to Psychometric Creativity in Healthy Individuals; Orjan de Manzano, et al; May 2010

 

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