I’m the neuroscientist, spent my life studying the brain. There are only 4 things are necessary for happiness!

Я — нейробиолог, всю жизнь изучаю мозг. Есть только 4 вещи, которые нужны для счастья!

On the Internet there are a lot of tips on how to achieve happiness, from people who have no idea what they are talking about. Don’t believe them.

And we do not need to believe. Believe better neuroscientists. They spend all day looking at the gray matter in your head and know better what it takes to make you happy.

American neuroscientist Alex Korb shares his thoughts on this:

1. Main question.

If you thought so, ask yourself one important question:

“For that I am grateful?”

Well, you say, that’s nice, but surely a feeling of gratitude has a biological effect on the brain? But Yes.

You know how the antidepressant bupropion? It stimulates the production of the neurotransmitter dopamine. As well as a sense of gratitude.

You know what makes the fluoxetine? Stimulates the neurotransmitter serotonin. As well as a sense of gratitude.

Yes, one of the main effects of gratitude — increasing the levels of serotonin. When you think about what you’re grateful, you focus on the positive aspects of life. This simple action increases the production of serotonin in the anterior cingulate cortex of the brain.

2. Discuss your negative feelings.

Are you sick? Give a definition of his condition.

What it is: sadness, anxiety, resentment?..

This is enough to make me feel better! Do you think brad? But your brain thinks otherwise!

In one study participants were shown photos of people with different facial expressions and measured the brain’s response. As expected, the amygdala responded to depicted emotions.

But when participants were asked to name these emotions, they intensified ventrolateral prefrontal cortex and the activity of the amygdala was falling. In other words, naming emotions lowered their effect on humans.

3. Make a decision.

Did you ever make any decision and then experience the relief? This is not an accident.

Neuroscience shows that decision-making reduces anxiety, and helps to solve problems.

When making decisions we create intentions and set goals; all this has a positive effect on prefrontal cortex, lowering anxiety and excitement. In addition, decision-making helps to reduce the activity of the striatum (striatum), which usually inclines us to negative impulses and actions.

Finally, decision-making, changes our perception of the world that helps to find a solution and calm the limbic system.

4. Touch the people.

In one study, participants played a computer game based on throwing the ball. One party threw the ball and the other throwing it back. In fact, the man sitting on only one side of the screen the ball back threw the computer.

But participants said that the characters on the screen run by real people. And what happened when these “other people” refused to return the ball?

The brain of the party reacted in the same way as it reacts to physical pain. That is, our brain perceives rejection as a broken leg.

Social exclusion involves the anterior cingulate cortex and the Central lobe of the brain as physical pain.

Simply put, the brain is a very important relationship with other people. You want to raise them to the next level? Touch the people physically (of course, only for friends)!

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