Mindful Brain Blog
|Posted on July 5, 2018 at 12:25 AM|
"Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions." - Dalai Lama
Where does happiness live in the body...the heart? the soul?
Well, the brain is involved, but how exactly?!
We know there is a complex relationship between thoughts and feelings, which both have specific connections to parts of the brain. Thoughts are controlled by our frontal lobes, and feelings involve a sophisticated set of structures in our limbic system. These brain areas communicate and affect our state of mind, our well-being, and our behavior.
There are also several chemicals, or neurotransmitters, that are involved in maintaining a positive and happy mood state, including serotonin and dopamine.
So, how do we promote happiness in our brain?
Research has shown that meditation, physical exercise, and enjoyable activities with other people are great places to start because they support these brain areas and help them to function in healthy ways!
Try this 10-minute guided meditation on Peace & Contentment:
Interested in a Good Read? We love the work of neuropsychologist, Dr. Rick Hanson! Checkout his book, Hardwiring Happiness