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The Four Happy Chemicals in The Brain

Activate The Four Happy Chemicals in Your Brain While You Learn About Birth

I learned a lot about the four happy chemicals in the brain; endorphins, dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin. This was in preparation for my presentation, The Fun Factor: The Science Behind Fun and Play for Increased Learning. What I discovered is that when these chemicals are flowing more learning happens. It turns out that being happy has many benefits.

This is the reason I created, Down the Canal – the Game of Birth. Why not have some fun while learning about all your birth options? You will retain more information that you might need later on.

Let’s get the happy chemicals flowing whether it’s about learning or simply living life. Everyone wants to be happy. If you are looking for an outside thing, or person to make you happy you are looking in the wrong place.

I’m here to tell you that happiness comes from within and science backs that up.


The endorphins get released during exercise, laughter, and the anticipation of laughter. How hard could it be to tell a joke, find a joke or a cartoon or something or someone who makes you laugh? Find the humor in just about anything and you’ll be surprised at how you start feeling. Work out at home or at the gym. Do some jumping jacks or some sit-ups. If you are pregnant, be sure you are doing something you have done before, or at least start out slowly with an exercise regimen. Notice how you feel when you exercise.


Then release some dopamine. This neurotransmitter is responsible for motivation. It is released when celebrating a small goal. Try it on. Give yourself permission to celebrate a goal achieved whether it is cleaning the house, accomplishing a task, or finishing that book about labor and birth you have been reading. A little dopamine goes a long way.


Now, what about serotonin? This happy chemical is released when you feel significant. You get to celebrate a small goal (release some dopamine), then feel significant and release some serotonin. You can also think about past achievements and how great you felt, and this chemical will flow.


Last but not least, we have my favorite happy chemical, oxytocin. How hard could it be to hug someone every day? Oxytocin, the love hormone, is released when hugging, love-making, giving birth, breastfeeding, and receiving a gift.  You don’t have to wait to give birth to get this love hormone flowing.

Start today. Laugh, exercise, celebrate, acknowledge yourself, and love!! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

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