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;
Boost positive mood
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-
Basic biological needs; air, food, drink, shelter, warmth, sex, sleep.
Security; protection from elements, security, order, law, stability, freedom from fear.
Relationships; friendship, intimacy, trust and acceptance, receiving and giving affection and love. Affiliating, being part of a group (family, friends, work).
Esteem; achievement, mastery, independence, status, dominance, prestige, self-respect, respect from others.
Self-Actualization needs; realizing personal potential, self-fulfillment, seeking personal growth and peak experiences.