The DOSE of Happiness
- By Kashish Uppal
Wouldn’t it be amazing if you felt happy all the time? Why is it that we can be in a great mood and then immediately feel sad? The biological explanation for all your moods lies in the neurochemicals. Neurochemicals are responsible for our sense of happiness , well being and accomplishment. The feeling of belongingness, anxiety, being lazy are all results of the neurochemicals at work. Different neurochemicals affect different moods, so sometimes when we feel happy, happy neurochemicals are at work. These “happy” neurochemicals are namely - Dopamine, Oxytocin, Serotonin, and Endorphins commonly abbreviated as DOSE. This DOSE is the “Chemical Locha”(The chemical glitch) you must have commonly heard about in movie dialogues. Each happy neurochemical triggers a good feeling, including joy, happiness, warmth, pride, euphoria, and many more. These chemicals have evolved over time to promote survival and not to provide permanent ecstasy. Hence, biologically you can't have a surge of all these neurochemicals all the time. Each of these perform a specific function and then “switch off” when their job is done.
About the Author
Kashish Uppal is an applied psychology student from the University of Delhi. She believes that to truly understand the world, one must understand oneself. She is an avid reader, skill trainer and food enthusiast. Her life mantra is to live life mindfully and with gratitude because life is not waiting forever for the storm to pass, it is learning to dance in the rain !