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Episode Info: www.homoliciousliving.com  Hello Pod listeners!  Welcome to Episode #25.  In this episode we will talk about how to be happy and have fun. Delicious Dish: Today's Delicious Dish is about the chemicals in our brain that make us feel happy. People typically think that circumstances, possessions, or relationships make them happy, but actually, happiness is mostly a chemical experience.  The brain generates four main chemicals to create the sensations and emotions that we associate with happiness.  This is great news because if things in our lives aren’t going the way we’d like; we can increase the release of these brain chemicals to improve our mood.    Endorphins are the opioid neuropeptides produced by the central nervous system to help us deal with physical pain.  They can make us feel light headed or giddy, which can feel great.  A great way to increase endorphins is to exercise, either with aerobic or anaerobic exercise.  Some studies have shown that in as little as 30 minutes of walking can produce a significant reduction in depression among clinically depressed subjects.   Serotonin may be the best-known happiness chemical because that’s typically the one that antidepressant medication typically addresses.  It’s a neurotransmitter which is a substance in the body that carries a signal from one nerve cell to another.  Exposure to bright light like sunshine, exercise and happy thoughts can stimulate the production, along with eating tryptophan foods like nuts, seeds, tofu, cheese, red meat, chicken, turkey, fish, oats, beans, lentils, and eggs.   Dopamine is another neurotransmitter and is often referred to as the “chemical of reward.”  When you accomplish a task, make a deadline, score a goal, you receive a pleasurable hit of dopamine in your brain that tells you you’ve done a good job.  You can also get a natural dose of dopamine when you perform acts of kindness toward others.  You can have long term benefits and some studies even show that just have thoughts of loving kindness can bring on the dopamine high.   Oxytocin is a hormone that is associated with loving touch and close relationship, called the “love drug.”  It gives you that warm fuzzy feeling, while also stimulating dopamine and serotonin, while reducing anxiety.  Hug someone, pet an animal, and give yourself a great release of oxytocin.   Skips the drugs and vices, use these all natural ways to make you feel happier right now.   "It's the jouRead more »

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