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Live music and beautiful skies spark my joy. Nothing beats a hike in the beautiful Rocky Mountains to relieve any tension from a stressful day. These things make me happy, but what’s really causing that sense of general wellbeing?
Here’s the science behind the feeling of happiness.
Endorphins are one of the brain chemicals we call neurotransmitters. They are “chemical messengers” manufactured by the central nervous system that cause emotions. These chemicals in your brain make you feel focused and promote bliss by reacting with receptors in your brain. When these neurotransmitters are being produced, the pineal gland releases them directly into your blood stream, giving you a sense of euphoria.
So what signals the release of endorphins?