This little series of articles on your happy chemicals is a gift for you.
Actually, it’s a big pile of gifts, because you can unwrap and enjoy a happy chemical many times every day for the rest of your life. Your happy chemicals are a gift. We’re just telling you more about them.
You probably already know a lot more about happy chemicals than you think, but you know people who don’t so please re-gift these articles.
Several of the happy chemicals – serotonin and dopamine – are commonly associated with psychiatric illnesses, and with medications sometimes used to treat these brain diseases. Many people know that the antidepressant, Prozac, is an SSRI, or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor.
As important as happy chemicals may be (or may not be) in the psychiatric diseases, and in treatments for the illnesses, our happy chemicals are vastly more important in making all of us feel happier as we go through life.
It is always important, we think, to mention that regularly increasing our happy chemicals is important for everyone – happy people, unhappy people, depressed people, people who’ve never been depressed, and everyone else. There should be courses in our schools to teach happy chemical theory and happy chemical management.
Even more important is your understanding of what your happy chemicals can do for you, but it is all about engaging in regular practice. Don’t expect to become perfect at happy chemical management. Just keep practicing.
Happy chemicals don’t always make everyone happy, but they do make everyone at least a little bit happier than they’d otherwise be, even in they are not jumping with joy. In other words, doing things which increase happy chemicals may not make a victim of depression happy, but they’ll be less miserable because they’ve done something, something which increases their happy chemicals.
These articles about our happy chemicals are in no particular order. At TMS Augusta we suggest reading them 27 times, but applying the information is what will really help. We want everyone to become an expert happy chemical manager.
There will be more happy chemical articles published in this ongoing series. New articles are currently scheduled for publication in the future, so check back regularly.
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