What is Happiness?

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What is happiness?

Happiness is the byproduct of an increase in one of four types of Happiness Hormones: Endorphins, Serotonin, Dopamine and Oxytocin.

Each of these hormones, when elevated, increase the sensation we call happiness.

The pursuit of happiness, therefore, is really the pursuit of activities which elevate one or more of the Happiness Hormones.

Activities Which Boost Happiness Hormones

  • Anaerobic Exercise – Weight Lifting.
  • Aerobic Exercise – Jogging, Fast Walking, Hiking, Swimming, Biking, Basketball, Soccer, Dancing, Spin Cycling.
  • Eating Spicy Foods.
  • Gratitude.
  • Exposure to Sunlight.
  • Drinking Milk.
  • Pursuing Goals.
  • Hugging.
  • Getting a Massage.
  • Holding Hands.
  • Taking Vitamin D3
  • Talking to any upbeat person.
  • Laughing.
  • Moderate Consumption of Alcohol.
  • Anticipation of a Happiness Activity.

If you are feeling down, find an activity which boosts your Happiness Hormones.

Tom Corley is an accountant, financial planner and author of “Rich Kids: How to Raise Our Children to Be Happy and Successful in Life”, Effort-Less Wealth, Change Your Habits Change Your Life, Rich Habits Poor Habits and “Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals.”

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  1. Tim on March 14, 2024 at 11:19 AM

    Do you want to be happy? At the risk of sounding simplistic, what, really, if any, can be the argument against this advice?: DO what results in happiness.

    Very early in man’s history, God counsels with irresistible wisdom. “… Cain became very angry and his countenance fell. Then the Lord said to Cain, ‘Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.’” (Genesis 4. NASB1995)

    DO well — DO what is right … and you’ll be happy. Your countenance will be lifted up. But if you “DO” foolish, self-destructive habits — what else can be the result but unhappiness? (Note also that anger is a source of unhappiness. And why are we angry? And who are we angry with? If you resolve — “master” — the sources of your anger, you’ll be happy, too.)