I read a great article recently in Business Insider about the 4 things neuroscience research has taught us about happiness. Basically, if you do these 4 things you will naturally boost your serotonin without antidepressants. Or boost it even more in addition to the antidepressants- whatever works!
- •Gratitude: this is a perfect one for all of you listers to practice. Make a list of the things you are grateful for each day. Write a letter to someone telling them why you are grateful for them. It can be little things too, like for instance I am grateful for this random 70 degree day in November. It's weird, but awesome.
- •Make decisions: too often we get anxious and depressed because we can't make choices. We either avoid them because of fear of what will happen or we are perfectionists who will not move forward unless something feels 100% right. All you need to do is make "good enough" decisions. Just do it, you will probably feel better.
- •Label your emotions: when you are really sad, mad, or afraid think about it before acting on your feelings. What are you feeling? Why are you feeling this way? Where in your body can you feel it? Name it. Say it out loud if you need to. "I feel very _______ right now." Then decide what to do about it.
- •Touch people: we are social animals. We need human contact. Hug your friends and family (not in a creepy way). I'm pretty sure dogs and other pets count too.