Journaling: 10 Hormones to Boost Happiness and Beat the Blues

Journaling benefits you at various levels – physical, mental, spiritual and psycho-social.

Among these benefits is healing that happens when you engage with yourself in journal writing. It is in a conducive state of mind and body when journaling that these hormones get their boost.

These hormones are also called happy hormones. They are like pick-me-up pills that heighten happiness and alleviate depression.

Check out how they affect you:

#1 – Endorphin

This hormone is the body’s natural pain killer or morphine. It alleviates mood or euphoria and reduces pain and anxiety. The more you have of it, the happier you feel.

#2 – Serotonin

This hormone boosts your mood and makes you more sociable and likeable. It regulates a range of behaviors including appetite, sleep, arousal and aggression. It is responsible for diminishing craving, achieving restful sleep, boosting self-esteem, relieving depression, preventing agitation and aggression, and reducing anxiety.

#3 – Dopamine

This is the pleasure hormone that is responsible for your feelings of bliss, contentment, euphoria, pleasure, fulness of appetite, controlled motor movements, and sharpness of focus. It is strongly associated with reward mechanisms while striving to achieve a goal or pursuing a rewarding experience.

#4 – Oxytocin

This is your love hormone that’s stimulated by dopamine. It is secreted in response to social recognition, emotional bonding, cuddling as well as sexual stimulation, arousal and orgasm.

#5 – Acetylcholine

This hormone makes you alert, sharpens memory, optimizes sexual performance, controls appetite and releases growth hormone.

#6 – Enkephalin

This is your hormone that restricts pain, reduces your craving, and inhibits depression.

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#7 – Gamma Amino Butyric Acid (GABA)

This hormone is found in the centra nervous system. It fights stress, anxiety, panic, and pain. It promotes calm, focus, control as well as growth in muscle mass.

# 8 – Melatonin

This hormone is responsible for rest, sleep and healing or recuperation. It regulates the body clock and fights aging.

# 9 – Norepinephrine

This hormone is secreted in response to stress, making you feel excited, happy, alert and motivated. It fights depression, controls appetite, uplifts energy, and achieves sexual satisfaction.

#10 – Phenylethylamine (PEA)

This hormone is a powerful natural stimulant in your body that stimulates good mood, promotes bliss, stirs infatuation, diminishes anxiety, boosts energy, and sharpens focus.

Now that you know how journaling boost happiness, why not jump on in if not already… or sustain the habit of journaling from now moving forward?

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