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For some reason we believe that we will feel better if we could just sit on the couch with pizza and beer. Nothing can be further from the truth.

If you want to feel good, you’ve got to do something.

Here’s how to up your feel good hormones –

Dopamine – comes from accomplishing something. Its not the task, but the outcome that feels good.

  • Clean house
  • Paint a room
  • Rake leaves
  • Wash the car
  • Winterize the car
  • Finish the yard work
  • Wash the windows
  • Make a sale
  • Make progress towards a goal

Confidence triggers serotonin. A lot of people will tell you to journal, meditate, use affirmations… While those things might help a little, true confidence comes from doing something until you master it. The more you do it, the better you get, the more confident you feel.  

  • Get good at something.

Oxytocin is the hugging, cuddling, petting, hormone.

  • Hug your spouse
  • Hug your kids
  • Pet your dog/cat
  • Get or give a massage
  • Self massage works too
  • Have sex

Endorphins are feel good hormones that are released in response to a number of things. Runner’s high is one. In the case of strenuous exercise or extreme challenge, endorphins flood you with a rush. They are also released to a lesser degree by laughter and eating chocolate.

  • Run, jog
  • Take a walk
  • Hike
  • Ride a bike
  • Play tennis
  • Bowl
  • Dance
  • Shoot some hoops
  • Work out
  • Watch something funny
  • Be silly
  • Eat chocolate
  • Learn to laugh easily

So, what will you do to feel better today?

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