Final round of your Happiness Hacks

Final round of your Happiness Hacks

Written by Dr. Sean Medlin and Dr. Krystal Czegus / Updated on November 28, 2016 / 0 comments

Listen to Music
Music triggers activity in the nucleus accumbens, a part of your brain that releases the feel-good chemical dopamine and is involved in forming expectations. One study found listening to music even resulted in less anxiety and lower cortisol levels among patients about to undergo surgery than did taking anti-anxiety drugs.

The sacculus, a tiny organ in your inner ear, responds to frequency notes associated with singing. In turn, the sacculus is connected to pleasure-inducing areas of your brain.
Eat Dark Chocolate
Like exercise, chocolate may trigger your brain to produce the “bliss compound” anandamide. It also contains other chemicals that prolong the “feel-good” aspects of anandamide. Chocolate has even been referred to as “the new anti-anxiety drug.” One study in the Journal of Psychopharmacology also revealed that drinking an antioxidant-rich chocolate drink equal to about 1.5 ounces of dark chocolate daily felt calmer than those who did not.

Drink Organic Black Coffee
Coffee appears to affect several neurotransmitters related to mood control, so drinking a morning cup could influence your general sense of wellbeing.

Drink Green Tea
Green tea contains theanine, an amino acid that crosses the blood-brain barrier and has psychoactive properties. Theanine increases levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), serotonin, dopamine, and alpha wave activity, and may reduce mental and physical stress and produce feelings of relaxation.

Get or Give a Hug
Hugging is known to lower levels of stress hormones like cortisol. Hugging also activates the orbitofrontal cortex in your brain, which is linked to feelings of reward and compassion.

Eat Avocados
Avocados provide close to 20 essential health-boosting nutrients, including potassium, vitamin E, B-vitamins, and folate, and according to research published in the Nutrition Journal, eating just one-half of a fresh avocado with lunch may satiate you if you’re overweight, which will help prevent unnecessary snacking later.
Those who ate half an avocado with their standard lunch reported being 40% less hungry 3 hours after their meal, and 28% less hungry at the 5-hour mark compared to those who did not eat avocado for lunch. The study also found that avocados appear helpful for regulating blood sugar levels. This combination of satiety and blood-sugar regulation can help keep your mood steady, even in times of stress.

Eat More Omega-3 Fats, Found in Wild-Caught Alaskan Salmon
Found in salmon, sardines and anchovies, as well as in supplement form, such as krill oil, the animal-based omega-3 fats EPA and DHA play a role in your emotional well-being.

That concludes our list of the 23 most powerful Happiness Hacks!! Please give up feed back on how they worked for you and positive suggestions for happiness hacks that you have tried.

Dr. Sean Medlin and Dr. Krystal Czegus

Dr. Sean and Dr. Krystal inspire practice members and the community to take the necessary action to achieve your optimum state of health. They educate about the natural healing capabilities you possess and the importance of a healthy nervous system that is free from interference.

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