The Science of Wellbeing
Close attachment through love, friendships and other social relationships releases the powerful 'love hormone' oxytocin produced by the hypothalamus, which can give you a surge of positive emotions as well as physical responses related to everything from conception to birth, breastfeeding and bonding.
The act of laughing, and even smiling, can release the neurotransmitter dopamine, which can boost a sense of euphoria leading to improved immune functioning, stress relief, increased tolerance for pain, improved cardiovascular health and improved mood.
Regular exercise releases the chemicals endorphins and serotonin that improve your mood and concentration skills, reduce negative feelings such as loneliness and isolation and improve mental health, particularly related to anxiety or depression.
Deep breathing assists in oxygenating your blood flow, reducing blood pressure and heart rate, and improving the immune system by providing an overall de-tox for your body. It can also help you to feel calm and relax, lowering the harmful effects of the stress hormone cortisol.
Good nutrition boosts your immune system and directly impacts on all of the functions of your body, including improved cell regeneration, digestion and sleep, as well as reduced inflammation. A varied and balanced diet not only fuels your brain, it also can help to make you feel energised and happy.
Time in nature can lower blood pressure and stress hormone levels, reduce nervous system arousal and anxiety levels, enhance immune system function, increase self-esteem and improve mood. Being in nature has immeasurable positive effects on physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing.
Your body releases hormones during sleep that help repair cells and balance energy flow, as well as regulate intellectual function, alertness, mood and ability to think clearly. Resting also has a positive effect on stress hormones, your immune system, appetite, breathing, blood pressure and cardiovascular health.