5 Happy Hormones and 20 Ways to Boost Them Naturally

A better mental health is the key to improve overall health. Know these easy ways to boost your happy hormones. 

Arti Chaudhary
Mind BodyWritten by: Arti ChaudharyPublished at: May 22, 2019
5 Happy Hormones and 20 Ways to Boost Them Naturally

Do you know whatever you feel and the different emotions you experience are nothing but a result of chemical reactions taking place in your body? These chemical reactions are responsible for different feelings in your body; some of them are negative emotions, like anger and sadness whereas others are positive emotions, like love and happiness. It is important to boost your happy hormones in order to stay happy and stress-free. There are in total 5 happy hormones present in the human brain. 

Here are those 5 happy hormones


Dopamine is a pleasure hormone that is discharged when you aim towards your life goals. Dopamine inspires you to focus on your work so that you can accomplish the satisfaction of achieving that goal. It likewise keeps you mentally alert and also helps you to be focused.


As being the key hormone of happiness serotonin flows when you feel satisfied, accomplished, and important. If there is a deficiency of this hormone in your body then you are more likely to feel lonely, bleak and unhappy. 


Do you know endorphins are released when you workout? The more endorphins your body release the less stressed and anxious you feel. In other words, endorphins are your body’s natural painkillers.

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Oxytocin- the love hormone, that builds strong and healthy relationships. This hormone is released on a high note during close relationship with your partner and while childbirth. Hugging your loved ones will also promote the release of oxytocin.


Progesterone is the hormone that promotes proper sleep and prevents irritability, mood swings, and anxiety. When women enter perimenopause after age 35 or 40, levels of this happy hormone drop. An unhealthy diet and excess stress also affect this hormone.

Here are 20 ways to boost your happy hormones

Drink green tea - increase the concentration of serotonin and dopamine in your body

Get a massage – increases serotonin and dopamine levels are increased.

Expose yourself to healthy sun rays – serotonin is produced by your brain

Add more carbs to your diet - increases the concentration of serotonin in your body

Listen to music – it stimulates the production of dopamine in your brain

Practice yoga every day – it increases the levels of estrogen and also the production of serotonin

Intense workout – serotonin and dopamine levels are increased in your body

Drink cow’s milk – it increases the levels of serotonin in the brain

Happy hugs – those who hug their partners more often had lower blood pressure and higher oxytocin levels than the others

Get psychotherapy – in order to find your happiness, there is nothing bad to go through psychotherapy

Laugh – laughing increases serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain and also releases endorphins

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Make use of lavender - researchers found that inhaling lavender significantly increased serotonin concentrations in the body

Kisses - it increases the secretion of oxytocin

Increase the intake of vitamin B6 – it helps your body produce serotonin

Take a hot bath – it helps release estrogen and oxytocin

Set your goals – Every time you achieve your goal, your body releases dopamine

Play video games – your brain release dopamine while playing your favorite game

Eat chocolate – chocolates help in increasing the levels of serotonin and dopamine in your body

Do meditation - researchers observed a 65% increase in dopamine produced by people who practice meditation

Take vitamin C – it helps increase progesterone levels

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