Pay Close Attention to These 4 Brain Chemicals

The Urban Monk

Happiness is actually a fleeting, temporal impression.

That’s not to say you don’t enjoy the things you enjoy!

  • Serotonin
  • Oxytocin
  • Endorphin
  • Dopamine


Serotonin is a chemical produced by nerve cells in the body.


Dopamine is another neuro transmitting chemical responsible for relaying messages in the brain.

However, unlike serotonin, its job isn’t to stabilize moods — it’s to lift them.

Dopamine gets released when we do something to activate our reward center.

The body makes dopamine through two amino acids, tyrosine and phenylalanine, so eating foods rich in protein can help the body make dopamine when it needs to.


It’s often called “the cuddle hormone” for a reason.


If you’ve ever heard of the runner’s high, you know what endorphins can do.



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