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One way to create happy chemicals is by ticking off our goals and celebrating successes.
A few small, achievable, daily goals to tick off on a list is helpful. (You can have a separate list for bigger, longer term goals).
●Go for a run
●Get as far as I can reading my coursework book
●Plot out my coursework essay
What are your achievable goals for today? ---------------------------------------------------
If you want more, here's the science bit. It's fascinating!:
"You can think of serotonin as the confidence neurochemical, flowing freely when you feel significant or important. You’re enjoying the effects of it when you feel respected by others, and your brain will seek more of the same by repeating behaviors that triggered its release in your past. The respect you got in your youth carved neural pathways in your brain telling it how to get respect today.
Sometimes, that can drive people to seek attention in not-so-healthy ways. The solution isn’t to try to rid yourself of your innate urge for status, because your brain needs the serotonin. Instead, you can develop your belief in your own worth, focus on your wins, and find other ways to get the serotonin you need.
How to Naturally Increase Your Serotonin Supply:Think Happy Thoughts
Seriously. It may seem too simple, but studies show that positive self-reflection, recalling happy memories, and affirmative thoughts boost serotonin activity in your prefrontal cortex. Reflecting on past significant achievements allows your brain to re-live the experience. In your brain, there’s not much difference between real and imagined, and simply remembering a success produces serotonin. For this reason, gratitude and visualization practices alter your brain for the better. If you need a lift, take a few moments to reflect on a past achievements, happy times, or things you’re thankful for."
From The Best Brain Possible blog http://bit.ly/2lkdDu8