Listen to this quick 3 minute podcast how serotonin could be hurting your friends. Almost everyone knows that serotonin is a neurotransmitter required for a sense of well-being and a bright mood. Most antidepressants focus on a deficit of serotonin in the brain to alleviate depression. But for those of you who do not suffer from depression you might not give serotonin a second thought. But you should, because if you are like most people Serotonin is driving you to be better than others in every possible way. This upbeat, confident feeling serotonin gives you got wired in thousands of years ago to ensure your behavior would keep you safe and alive. And today humans still chase serotonin hits all day long. Are you a sore loser? A know it all? Do you like to brag or post on Facebook a great meal or your vacation spot? Chasing serotonin can have an adverse effect on your relationships when you start to ignore the feelings of others.
#Social #friends #interactions #likeable #good conversation #serotonin #nice# #bragging #boasting #rude #friendly#serotonin syndrome#mood
Category Archives: Anxiety
It’s Monday, and although it’s beautiful out you may not be feeling it. Retraining your brain to see all the good in your life takes just a few weeks but if you are still struggling here is a great exercise. It is especially helpful on days when some problem is looming, obscuring your view. The following tool can be invaluable to break through and see your life and world through the eyes of another person. But who should that imaginary person be? Well, believe it or not, it should be you! I will show you how to go back in time to when you were just a kid and then allow the present version of yourself to come and show you all the amazing things you will have in your life. Things you take for granted, such as your home, loved ones, past achievements, and the way others perceive you. But now you will be able to see everything in your life with fresh eyes. When you stand as that younger version of yourself listening to all of the wonderful things you will have in your future, it will be easy to see how far you have come in your life and in your development.
This exercise is particularly helpful if you are struggling with a lot of anxiety because this mental separation disengages all of the judgment filters that you normally force all information through. Until these filters are dissolved, it can be difficult some days to see your life in a positive light. It is as though you are standing in a courtroom trying to convince a jury that your life has some great things in it when the prosecutor suddenly jumps up and yells, “Objection, Your Honor; this is hearsay and can’t be proven!” Yeah, we all have that guy in our head from time to time.
This practice will allow you to be as receptive as a wide-eyed child. Your brain underestimates your past accomplishments and achievements just as it does with many of your present ones. But this method of having someone else tell you about your achievements will allow you to revisit these facts and feel how monumental they really are. Make sure that you hear and see this imaginary version of you; make it as real as you can, and take your time.
Back in Time Exercise:
Myth Two: Money Will Make me Happy : Many of us believe money would solve most of our problems. We all have the dream of hitting the lottery and having our money problems disappear, assuming that will make us happier. However, a very well known study was done to find out how true that was for people. What they found was that those who won the lottery described themselves as being “less happy or as happy” six months later than they were before they won. They then researched people who were left paralyzed after an accident. Many of those people were actually as happy if not happier than they had been the day before their accident. How could that possibly be? Because our situations do not determine our happiness.
Your amygdala will look for problems regardless of how much money you have. Lottery winners are still obsessed over every problem, real or feared. However, the paraplegic, on the other hand, has now found appreciation/gratitude in the small successes of even mundane tasks that you and I take for granted, from putting on shoes to holding a fork or feeding himself. Remember, people get a serotonin hit every time they feel they have accomplished any kind of task, and in this case the paraplegics are very grateful for what they can do. Of course they would prefer to be able to walk, but that does not affect their mood to the extent that one might expect.
#worry #stress #sad #sadness #depression #helpfodepression #helpforanxiety #stopstressing #behappy #happiness #happiness #angerfree #moodiness #amygdala #dopamine #serotonin #oxytocin #feelbetter #stopworrying #anger #stressfree #beonyourownside #trustyourself #believeinyourself
This pod cast is the 4 part to 10 seconds to happy How Do We Start Feeling Better? If you have not listened to part 1 through 3 please do that now so you aren’t lost.
Whenever you take 10 seconds to focus on something that is good and rewarding your brain will excrete those beloved chemicals of dopamine, oxytocin and serotonin. (DOS) Normally when anything positive happens your brain simply notices it, but it is no more than a blip on your radar.
Typically Dopamine,Oxytocin and Serotonin are reserved for experiences like a raise, a new car, sex, new boyfriend or girlfriend or being on vacation. But you are going to learn to retrain your brain to be aware of EVERY positive experience.. And you will surprised to see just how many amazing wonderful things surround you everyday. This new focus will start lifting your spirits in a matter of seconds, which will also lift your overall mood.
This is not positive self talk, it is different from what you have read in self-help books, and is different from therapy, or medication. Because thoughts by themselves are no match for feelings that are under the control of adrenaline and cortisol. That’s like asking a drunk to repeat the phrase “I am sober” and over and over expecting him up sober up!
#science #moods #motives #drives #happy #serotonin #dopamine #brainchemicals #neurons #oxytocin #neurotransmitters #happiness #joy #enjoylife
http://TenSecondsToHappy.podbean.com/e/motivation-from-brain/ When we were growing up everything we experienced was molding and shaping our likes, dislikes, what we deemed pleasurable and not so pleasurable, for better or for worse. How that molding took place is one of the most amazing new understandings Neuroscience has revealed in the last 5 years. Neuroscientists have speculated, hypothesized, guessed, […]