An ISAW guide to happy hormones

We know how important it is to stay happy, but we also understand how hard it can be sometimes too. We’ve figured out the best ways to activate those hormones in your body and use them to feel your best self.

So welcome to our ISAW chemistry lesson. On today’s syllabus; we’ll be teaching you what each hormone is and how to trigger it.


Dopamine is the hormone that makes you feel good, it’s a part of the reward system in your brain. So every time you do something good for your body, or feel you’ve achieved something you brain rewards you by releasing dopamine. In other words, be kind to your body and you’ll feel better for it! Here are some of our fave ways to access Dopamine:

  • Tick a few items off that ‘to do list’
  • Practising self care
  • Eat the food your body is craving
  • Give yourself credit when you achieve something - no matter how small!


Probably the most well known, this hormone helps to regulate your mood. It’s in charge of making sure you react to things in proportion. Not only can it make you feel happy, it also can keep your anxiety and low mood in check as well as helping you sleep and digest food. So it’s a pretty important hormone! Here are a few things you can do to boost serotonin levels

  • Meditating
  • Running
  • Sunbathing
  • Walking in nature
  • Swimming
  • Cycling


Everyone loves to be loved, and oxytocin plays a pretty important role in that. It promotes trust and compassion in relationships and there’s nothing this hormone loves more than a good cuddle. Not the snuggling type? Here are a few other ways to boost this hormone:

  • Playing with a dog
  • Playing with a baby
  • Holding hands
  • Hugging your family
  • Give a compliment


Did you know your body has its own pain reliever? Well, introducing Endorphins.You body releases these happy chemicals if it feels stressed or in discomfort. It can also release them when you feel rewarded for example after working out or eating good food. Basically, it’s one big excuses to curl up on the sofa after the gym, watch a rom-com and eat a tonne of dark chocolate. Here's a few ways to release them:

  • Having a good laugh
  • Incense and essential oils
  • Eating dark chocolate
  • Going to the gym / exercise
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