What is the Chemical of Happiness?

If we pursue anything in life, it helps to understand what exactly we are trying to achieve. I want to analyze some essential elements of happiness without going deep into scientific analysis of what happiness is. But at a basic level, it makes sense to understand happiness as it will make it easier to obtain.

What is happiness on a biochemical level?

The following hormones induce happiness:

  • Dopamine
  • Oxytocin
  • Serotonin
  • Endorphins

According to Wikipedia ...In popular culture and media, dopamine is often seen as the main chemical of pleasure, but the current opinion in pharmacology is that dopamine instead confers motivational salience; in other words, dopamine signals the perceived motivational prominence (i.e., the desirability or aversiveness) of an outcome, which in turn propels the organism's behavior toward or away from achieving that outcome...

This is very interesting as I have often noticed that people without a sense of purpose can't find happiness either. Later we will look at activities that trigger the release of the happiness hormones. It makes sense that if we have no motivation to do anything in life, happiness cannot be induced. Thus, it is of paramount importance to find a purpose in life.

From a biochemical perspective, happiness seems to correspond to the right balance between the happiness hormones. The state of body, mind, and spirit heavily influences this balance. Our actions and circumstances govern these three fundamental pillars of any human being.

The absence of well-balanced happiness hormones creates severe problems in anyone's life. Happiness, mental health, and essential bodily functions depend on them. If pathologic reasons cause the imbalance, it now becomes clear that some people do need drugs to fight their chronic depression, or whatever ailment emerges. I am not a proponent of drugs as I believe that we live in a society that resorts too fast to their use. However, I do want to acknowledge that they can be a necessary tool in some extreme cases.