Looking for ways to boost those happy hormones this holiday season? There are lots of ways to give yourself that mental jumpstart. To spike the feel-good hormone dopamine, try:
Decorating your space. Holiday lights and decorations can make you feel happier, because they “create that neurological shift that can produce happiness,” according to psychologist Deborah Serani.
Increasing the nostalgia factor (if this works for you). This bittersweet emotion surrounding times past can increase feelings of vitality. Though there may be some sadness that comes along with the longing, scientists say that nostalgia serves a positive function, improving mood and possibly mental health. So bring out those old photos, cook those special meals and play the songs that take you back. Of course, if you find that thinking too much about the past brings up negative emotions, skip this step.
Listening to music. The right music can improve your mood, improve brain function, increase happiness, inspire new ideas and more. Music lovers wish others knew all the many health benefits tied to listening to music, so pump up the jams.
Meditating. Reconnecting with yourself can help you feel happier, calmer and more prepared to face times that may be less than relaxing. Being kind to yourself and making yourself a priority can definitely give you a mental boost.
How will you keep your spirits bright this season?