Science of Happiness

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Ever wonder what the science of happiness is? The phrase “the science of happiness” refers to a new field of social science called positive psychology. If you could use an extra dose of happiness keep reading… 🙂 

This Science of Happiness

  • The Hippocampus- The area of the brain responsible for happiness and positive memories.

  • Serotonin- A neurotransmitter that regulates learning, mood, sleep, sexuality and appetite.

  • Dopamine- A neurotransmitter that regulates the brain’s reward and pleasure centers, movement and emotional responses.

What Can We Do To Be Happier?

  • 20 Minutes outside in good weather can;

    1. Boost positive mood

    2. Broadens thinking

    3. Improves working memory

  • Exercise releases proteins and endorphins that make the brain feel happier.

  • Get some sleep! Sleep-deprived people have a harder time remembering positive ideas and an easier time remembering negative ideas.

The Ingredients For Happiness:

  • Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs- 

    1. Basic biological needs; air, food, drink, shelter, warmth, sex, sleep.

    2. Security; protection from elements, security, order, law, stability, freedom from fear.

    3. Relationships; friendship, intimacy, trust and acceptance, receiving and giving affection and love. Affiliating, being part of a group (family, friends, work).

    4. Esteem; achievement, mastery, independence, status, dominance, prestige, self-respect, respect from others.

    5.  Self-Actualization needs; realizing personal potential, self-fulfillment, seeking personal growth and peak experiences.

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http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/the-science-happiness.html

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