When you feel bad, what do you do? Feelings such as guilt, fear, anxiety, and shame occupy your entire brain, and sometimes this problem seems to have no easy solution. But the reward center in your brain actually supports these negative thoughts in the short term. Here are 4 things you need to do to increase happiness in the long run, according to neurologists.
Why is this so important? Alex Korb (UCLA), in his book, explains which parts of the brain are activated when you focus on what you are grateful for and grateful for in life. He cites the National Institute of Health research, highlighting how activation of the hypothalamus area can benefit sleep, stress levels and general well-being. In addition, an extra dose of dopamine neurotransmitter is added. The next time you start to feel bad, just be grateful for the luck you have in life, remember the people and friends you love.
You feel angry, sad, exhausted or disappointed. You are in a really bad mood because of any of these feelings. Remember that the brain makes a very fast connection with the rest of the body. If you are experiencing fear or anger, neurologists say there is a risk of ‘amygdala abduction’. Emotional memory is in control and you are losing control. This generates the classic reaction to emergencies: fight or flight. Experts point out that when you can name emotions, the amygdala is less likely to overreact and the individual may be more in control. You can use a few words to describe an emotion or how you feel. Telling yourself that you are angry and determining the reason works very well. It increases self-awareness. The big bonus is that after you identify it, it becomes easier to deal with that emotion.
If you make a decision and stop hesitating, what happens in your brain? The prefrontal cortex in the parietal lobe becomes more active and anxiety and anxiety are reduced. When you make decisions, you reduce striatum activity; that is, the tendency to anxiety and sadness decreases. You will also regain control and can start planning the steps, methods and goals for how to navigate. Nothing is more satisfying than achieving your goals as a result of a conscious decision.
The power of touch is known to almost everyone. Hundreds of studies have proven that physical contact is a surprisingly effective way to increase happiness. Touch is the first sensation you learn from birth. Touch can convey very strong positive emotions such as love, joy, gratitude, and empathy. A mother’s touch can ease the baby’s pain. Touch is vital to people’s well-being. What happens when you touch another person? A hormone called oxytocin, which is also a neurotransmitter, is released. And it stimulates a range of positive emotions; bonding, feeling of trust, calmness … In addition, stress levels decrease and the immune system gets stronger.