How your hormones make you happy.
Happiness is entrenched in natural, chemical and hormonal actions in your brain. These actions developed long before humans evolved. There are a number of structures in our brain, which collectively are known as the limbic system. We share this system with many members of the animal kingdom. These structures manage the chemicals and hormones responsible for our happiness.
Our happy hormones are dopamine, oxytocin and serotonin. They are released each time we recognise something that might be good for our survival. Whenever we see, smell, hear or touch something, the limbic makes a super quick decision about it. We decide if that something deserves a surge of happy hormones.
Our limbic system’s decisions can be confusing sometimes. It’s hard to understand why one thing can make us happy when others don’t. You can begin to understand your limbic system by understanding how your happy chemicals work.
This chemical rewards you for seeking out your desires. It also helps you combat physical pain. Dopamine is released when you expect a reward, and it’s what motivates you to keep seeking them. It is a key hormone in helping you to achieve your goals.
Your subconscious mind is always looking for rewards or goals. When it finds one, dopamine motivates you to take action go for it and helps you manage the energy it takes to get it.
Oxytocin rewards you for building friendships and social alliances. The happy feeling you get when you feel you can confide in or trust another person is due to oxytocin release in your brain. Every experience of belonging or connection triggers oxytocin.
Oxytocin is also important for bonding. When a child is born, oxytocin is released in its mother’s brain, motivating her to look after her newborn. Oxytocin also flows in the child’s brain, building the attachment between parent and child. Oxytocin is also known as the love hormone produced in larger quantities by women than by men during sexual bonding and orgasm.
Seratonin can be blamed for the drive of power-hungry politicians. It is the chemical that rewards us when we assert our position by dominating others. Our brain rewards us whenever we feel respected in our position in the social hierarchy. Unfortunately, despite attempts to promote fairness, equality and kindness in modern society, we still feel good when we occupy positions of power and dominance. This can explain why we like to win.
Why we can’t just be happy with what we have?
Habituation is the diminishing of an innate response to a frequently repeated stimulus. It evolved to promote survival. Sitting around being happy with what you’ve got doesn’t help you survive. We are driven to go out looking for new ways to get our happy hormones flowing. This is why humans respond well to defined goals that have an accompanying action plan that includes rewards. That is why I designed the Happy Life Goals program.
Kinesiology can help balance your hormones.
Kinesiology can be used as a tool to identify and reduce stress and blockages that exist within the hormonal system. The chakras provide a direct connection to the functioning of the endocrine glands and balancing the energy of these centres can have an effect on your hormonal expression. Kinesiology can also determine what lifestyle and dietary changes need to be made to get your hormones balanced.
Suggested treatment plan.
- An initial 90 minute kinesiology consultation followed by 3 - 5 standard consultations 1 -2 weeks apart.
- Further follow-up standard consultations should be spaced between 2 -4 weeks apart or booked as needed.
Kristen is a qualified Kinesiologist, Coach, Counsellor an Yoga teacher. She has been helping people with their physical, emotional and spiritual journeys for over 12 years.
Kristen specialises in working with the mind-body-energy connection and the subconscious mind. She works with the energy-body as an interface between the physical and the mind.
By bringing together kinesiology, conscious coaching, counselling, dreamwork, yoga and chinese medicine Kristen can help you to balance your energy to achieve a fulfilling, successful, happier life.
Kristen’s passion is helping you to achieve inner peace, purpose and clarity by discovering your own unique truth and working towards your highest potential.
Kristen practices in Camberwell, Victoria.