Tuesday, July 5, 2011


Today I am going to write about the things that make me happy….just a sec, I have to take the garbage out…..ok, I’m back…so things that make me happy…..ummm I just have to check twitter, I’ll be right back……sorry, I’m back and ready to write…SO things that make me happy…oops phone ringing…brb….

Sad thing is, some people are always happy. Some people always see the glass half full, and the colour of the sky makes them euphoric. Some people love getting up in the morning. I work with a lady that is always happy. Always positive about the day and always looking at the bright side of things. I always wondered if she had something in her genes or extra ‘something’ in her blood that made her that way.

I did a lot of investigating on this subject….ok, I Googled it….and I found that there are hormones out there that do make you happy.

  • Serotonin: Serotonin is sometimes called the happiness hormone. Serotonin regulates the mood, prevents depression and makes you feel happy. Serotonin can be released by getting exposed to sunlight, by eating foods rich in carbohydrates and by exercising.
  • Endorphins: Endorphins can make you feel good, reduce your anxiety and your sensitivity to pain. Endorphins are released by exercising
  • Dopamine: Dopamine helps you to feel mentally alert. The lack of it might cause lack of attention, lack of concentration and bad moods. Dopamine can be released by eating foods that are rich in protein.
  • Phenylethamine: Phenylethamine is the hormone that results in the feelings we get in the early stages of a relationship. Cocoa beans contain Phenylethamine. eating chocolate might be helpful too.
  • Ghrelin: Gherlin is a hormone that reduces stress and can help you become more relaxed. Ghrelin is released when we become Hungary that's why eating too much is not always a good idea. Just eat according to your body’s needs and never fill your stomach completely in order to maintain good Ghrelin levels

There you have it. Looks easy? I’m not a Doctor or a Specialist in Alternative Medicine so please don’t take my word for this, I found it in Google. The point is, do some people have more of these hormones in their body? If so, if I went to a Health Food Store and purchased all of these hormones in pill form, will I be happy? Happiness is your frame of mind, but do these hormones help form this ‘frame’ or is it genetic?

I always wonder if Jeffrey Dalmer’s mother used to wake up in the morning; bright and early and smiling listening to the birds, or is there a lack of hormones in their genes? Why am I always miserable in the morning, always whining about something, always complaining about aches and pains, and my parents always wake up around 5 am happy?

I always wondered if I could get a blood transfusion from my friend at work that is always bloody happy, and if that would work for me? This would make an awesome novel – blood bars to get happy blood!

I think the hormone issue needs to be investigated closely, maybe I will keep ‘Goggling’ but until then you can get the hormones necessary by 1) getting some sunshine

2) Exercise

3) Eat balanced meals/protein

4) Eat chocolate

5) Eat when you are hungry, but don’t eat ‘til you are uncomfortably full

For the record – writing makes me happy!

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