How to Hack Happy Brain Chemicals

Janice Tovey
2 min readDec 28, 2021

Easier than you think.

Happy brain chemicals, dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, endorphins. A picture of happy balloons.
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Serotonin: Serotonin is referred to as the mood stabilizer. Meditate. Find a good YouTube video and just start. Even a couple of minutes a day of meditation is excellent. Take in some sunshine. Sit in a sunny window, or go for a short walk. Sunshine makes you feel good. Eat a healthy diet. Less sugar and refined carbohydrates and more whole food equals less inflammation. Exercise of any kind is great. Dance around your living room, take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk to your local store. Small changes add up to good feelings.

Dopamine: Dopamine is referred to as the reward chemical. Hack dopamine by completing the tasks on your list. Start with a small list. Listen to your favorite music. Put in your earbuds while you do your chores. Be adventurous, try something new. Start small. A new recipe, a new route to work; speak to someone new. Read a new book.

Endorphins: Endorphins are referred to as pain relievers. Create art or music. Complete a puzzle, learn an instrument or draw a picture. Laugh, laugh, laugh. Watch your favorite sit com, talk to a friend who makes you laugh, read a funny book. Laughter produces endorphins. Endorphins make you feel good. Practice yoga and meditation. Five minutes a day is a great start. Engage in regular exercise. Something as simple as a 10 minute walk will do wonders for your state of mind.

Oxytocin: Oxytocin is referred to as the love hormone. Do something nice for someone. Bake some cookies for your neighbor, show gratitude, offer to help with shopping or watching children. Display affection. Hug your children, your spouse, your friends or your pet. Our brains love affection. Giving or getting a massage increases oxytocin levels. It is a win win. Spend time with friends and the people you care for.

Try these simple yet effective strategies to increase your levels of these feel good chemicals and hack your way toward better mental health.

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Janice Tovey

My passion is writing. I also love reading, teaching, animals, nature, music, and humor. I am curious about everything and enjoy writing about all things.