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Make Your Body Produce More ‘Happy’ Hormones: Naturally Boost Dopamine and Serotonin

Produce more dopamine, serotonin, endorphins and oxytocin to enjoy a happier brain all 2023 long

By | Mercey Livingston |

It’s a new year and maybe that means you’re trying to adjust your mindset for a happier, healthier life. Considering all the stresses brought in 2022 — interest rate hikessurging rent prices and skyrocketing prices — that might not be the easiest thing. It can feel hard to be really happy when there’s a lot of stressful things going on in the world.

But I’m not here to make you more anxious than you already are. I’m here to tell you getting a happiness pick-me-up each day is easy and doable. There are small practices you can do daily that can make a real difference in improving your mood. For example, there are a few simple rituals that always bring me happiness: cuddles with my puppy, reading before work, getting some exercise and even that first sip of coffee in the morning. Sure, a cup of coffee won’t change whether you feel truly fulfilled — but in uncertain times, there’s value in boosting your mood when you can.

There are four main hormones (a type of chemical your body makes) that trigger feelings of happiness, and each chemical is connected to specific events or rewards. Understanding these chemicals and how they work can help you figure out even small ways to feel better amid such a stressful time.

To explain exactly how these “happiness” chemicals work, I spoke to Loretta Breuning, founder of the Inner Mammal Institute and author of Habits of a Happy Brain.

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