Doodle Card #192 – Your Brain Makes You Happy


Your brain makes you happy, not something else.


To feel good and make you happy, you don’t need self-help gurus. Your brain does all the trick if you go for a run just for 10 to 15 minutes. I can tell you this from my own experience — I do this experiment every morning, before working on my doodle and writing.

Our brain releases beta-endorphin in response to exercise. Research shows that endorphin may produce a feeling of euphoria — well, setting academic jargon aside — in short, exercise makes you feel happy. The word ‘endorphin’ was a blend of ‘endogenous’ and ‘morphine’, meaning “morphine produced naturally in the body”. Sounds powerful, doesn’t it?

We don’t need to run fast in order for our brain to release endorphins. It has to be faster than walking, but much slower than running — say, run with 50% of our maximum intensity. It’s like you are walking really fast (or jogging) to pick up the things you left behind. We don’t need to jog longer either. If you did, you would feel more pains than gains.

Our brain is the factory of various chemical substances. While some of them may hurt us, some of them do good for us. We just need to learn how to release good ones from our brain by our own actions.


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