Are You Happy? Do You Want to Be? Hear This Out!
There are many different texts about happiness, both online and within hard copy books. Still, not all of them give good pieces of advice. Nor do they rely on scientifically proven facts. We tried to write a different kind of article that relies on the scientifically proven facts. Here it is. All those pieces of information given here are based on the neuroscience. Actually, we took opinions given by a UCLA neuroscience researcher, Alex Korb who wrote a book titled The Upward Spiral.
Let’s hear what he has to say how can we start being happy.
Start with defining your mood
There is always some reason for your unhappiness. For example, if you feel shame or guilt they can make you feel bad, and simply worrying might make you feel a bit better. Mr. Alex Korb described this in his book, saying that worrying can help calm the limbic system. What actually happens is that this anxiety we feel while by worrying about a certain problem is something that we actually do about it. Well, it is logical in a way. Doing something about our problem—even worrying if nothing more efficient—is better than doing nothing.
At those occasions when we have a problem, we should think about the things we are grateful for. Thus, we should focus on the positive aspects of our lives. Gratitude works as a kind of antidepressant. It boosts neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin and makes us feel better (if not happy).
Even if it happens that you don’t find anything to be grateful for, it is searching that counts. Additionally, showing gratitude towards other people creates a positive circle of things.It creates a positive feedback loop in your relationships.
Identify your negative feelings
If you feel awful, you should know the source of that feeling. Are you sad or angry and thus feeling that awfulness? Putting your feelings into words is more important than anything else on your way to your happiness.
So, by naming the emotions you feel, you make them less strong. On the other hand, suppressing emotions is bad for you, and it was proven to be backfiring. Even though people with suppressed feelings look fine on the outside, on the inside, their limbic system is just as aroused as without suppression, and sometimes even more aroused.
Using just a few words to describe the actual emotion is more than enough to make that emotion weaker.
Decision making reduces worrying and anxiety and helps in solving problems.
Make physical contact with people
The majority of people feel better when loved and accepted by others, even strangers. On the other hand, social exclusion activates the same circuitry as physical pain. Even a small change in the attitude of a person towards worse is enough to elicit feelings of social exclusion. Touching can be extremely powerful since it both reduces and causes pain.
Hugs are highly beneficial, but not those short ones. One strong hug releases a neurotransmitter and hormone oxytocin, and we already know what happens next.
So to conclude, our interpersonal communication and relationships are very important to our brain’s feeling of happiness even though we might not be aware of it.
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