Staying and feeling happy are essential in keeping every individual’s mental wellness active and healthy. It promotes better brain development that maintains the body’s overall function. However, people can’t be guided by feelings alone, so the action and attitude towards making a difference are helpful in keeping everything intact.
Happiness And The Brain
- Always consider engaging in a healthy expectation. The process of waiting for something good to happen is deemed to be normal. Since the brain experiences pleasure, it tries to anticipate things whether it’s for a short or long period. When that stimulation occurs, the body responds to the brain’s desire of wanting something good. Hence, it provides energy, alertness, and emotional balance.
Many people spend a lot of time worrying about the future or feeling sad about the past; both can prevent them from experiencing the present moment. The only moment in which you can experience happiness is in the present—not in the future when X, Y, or Z will happen. — Roxy Zarrabi, PsyD
- Happiness doesn’t work with pressure so solving problems one at a time is essential to remember. The brain never stops looking for possible solutions to things that give people worries, and this process takes a lot of energy. However, if every person manages to solve things one by one, they will not only help the brain rest. They will also make it possible for it to work on unsolved issues that get rids of irritation and anxiety.
- The brain rewards itself with enough neurotransmitters when people make the right decisions. It gives a calming effect in the limbic system that helps in promoting a healthy and happy feeling. Though decision-making can sometimes become hard, the attitude of looking for positive outcomes is helpful in the way. By focusing on the light, the brain starts to pump up and release useful energy that slows down mental degradation.
- When the mind is preoccupied with a lot of stressful things, the way to happiness gets stuck. So to remove the mental burden, avoid keeping things pent up. People should learn how to release thoughts in their head. They can at least talk about it, write it in a journal, or create a song from it. Just about anything that will free the brain from mental torture.
When you are content with the present, you are letting go of sometimes painful cravings for what you can’t have. As a result, acceptance settles in. — Jacqueline Pearce, MSEd, LMHC
- Happiness passes through sensory channels. Therefore, there’s a need for physical interactions. The forms of touch, kiss, hug, and tap are ways that stimulate a physical response. The physical support relays the message up to the brain zones that speed up its stimulation. From there, it gives a person a different level of satisfaction, emotional balance, and calm feeling.
- The human brain functions in different ways imaginable because it never stops learning. When it acquires new knowledge, it tends to adapt to a changing environment which gives it a sense of purpose. And when that kind of positive stimulation is present, it gives happiness. The brain processes and absorbs new information and that allows the production of dopamine. Dopamine, on the other hand, is responsible for people’s moods and it contributes to reducing the development of depression and anxiety.
Acceptance of inner experience is an aspect of mindfulness that can be learned by meditation and by consciously trying to be self-compassionate rather than being judgmental and self-critical. We can’t stop negative thoughts and feelings from arising, but if we can see them as just passing mental events, not reflections of our worth as a human being, they need not linger and spoil our joy in life. — Melanie Greenberg Ph.D.
Happiness does not only benefit a person because it also affects others profoundly. Though it seems to be a selfish thing for others, it is still a moral obligation. People need to remember that not only does happiness provide fulfillment and satisfaction, but it also promotes mental health as well.