Right now, scientifically speaking, we have a lot to be grateful for.
Never before in human history have we had as much access to the knowledge of how our bodies function like we do today.
Just in the last 20 years, treatments for diseases such as cancer, eyesight degeneration and Hepatitis C have vastly improved.
Within the last 10 years, advancement in brain research, in particular, has been remarkable!
Neurological diseases that used to require invasive and often painful procedures just to diagnose can now be discovered by a simple blood test. The belief that our brains cannot develop or change once we’ve reached adulthood has been proven false.
And amazingly, the chemicals in the brain that make us feel happy—I call them the Fab Four—have been identified.
There are pros and cons to looking at the brain as a source of happiness.
When it comes to basic biological functioning, the pros have it. If you stimulate the brain to release or produce these chemicals, you will feel a hit of happy immediately.
The cons have a different take on the matter.
From their view, no matter how much you activate your brain, it won’t change your personal history, the way you feel about past and present events in your life, how these events impact your behavior and shaped your character, how often you find yourself becoming avoidant, defensive, dismissive or aggressive in stressful circumstances…
In other words, stimulating the brain won’t fix your unresolved emotional or psychological issues. But when it comes to long-term fulfillment, both the pros and cons give us much to consider. To be well rounded, perhaps its best to include elements from both sides.
Neuroscience isn’t psychotherapy, but it is helpful to know how to help your brain produce happy chemicals to help you better cope with and relax into day-to-day experiences.
Below is a breakdown of the Fab Four—the chemicals that help you release your Inner Happy—what they do, and how to activate them.