The Neuroscience of Happiness

Hey guys!! How are you guys doing? I hope you are doing good ❤ Today, i will be talking about this positive, beautiful emotion called happiness and how we can get more of it through scientifically tested methods 😀

Let’s dive right into it!!

Heart is used to be considered the seat of all emotions. When we suffer a loss it is said that we are heartbroken. If we are overly emotional it is said that we wear our heart on our sleeves. Now things are changing as neuroscience talks about how brain is the home to all our feelings!

Our brain can be divided into different areas. Two basic divisions are the lower brain(the reptilian brain) and the upper brain(the mammalian brain)Another name for this mammalian brain is NeoCortex. This NeoCortex is itself divided into sections called lobes. There are four large lobes.

Frontal lobe=In higher level thinking

Parietal= movement

Occipital=Vision

Temporal=hearing and speech

The reptilian brain consists of Limbic System which deals with our emotions and now research states that our emotional brain not just consists of limbic system and Prefrontal cortex. Our limbic system have connections with our PreFrontal cortex.

Through functional MRI, it is seen that the left side of the PreFrontal cortex is active when the person is happy and the right side is more active but we are sad. So through finding ways to stimulate our Left Prefrontal cortex can make us more happy!

Now those activities that can stimulate our Left Prefrontal cortex are

Exercise

It can stimulate both the reptilian and the mammalian brain. It releases endorphins the feel good hormones.

Mindfulness Meditation

It can both strengthen the activity of the left Prefrontal cortex and decrease the activity of the right Prefrontal cortex.

Fun and Social interaction

It can both lead to activation of our brain’s pleasure centres.


Enjoying pleasurable activities, doing something that seems to make time stand still, spending time with loved ones, pursuing meaning in its many forms, and celebrating accomplishments stimulate the activity in your left prefrontal cortex.

Bye Bye!!Take care ❤ Love Yourself.

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