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How To Hack Your Happy Brain Chemicals 


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This week, the gals are breaking down the four big happy hormones and offer some everyday tips on how you can boost them.

Ready to feel some joy, chicks? This week we're breaking down our brain's 4 head honchos of happiness: Dopamine, serotonin, endorphins and oxytocin. We chat about the role of each happy brain chemical, signs you might be low and the everyday habits you can wield to give 'em a boost.

We're not medical professionals and this week's episode is based on research conducted by the actual experts. If you're feeling low, anxious or depressed, please reach out to a loved one or your GP for help. We've also provided a list of mental health resources below.

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World Happiness Report

The Science Behind The Smile - Harvard Business Law

Definition of Dopamine - Health Direct

How to increase Dopamine - Healthline

Definition of Endorphins - Healthline

How group exercise improves quality of life - Science Daily

Definition of Serotonin - Healthline

How to boost serotonin - Harvard Health

Serotonin in Post Mortem Brain Study - National Library of Medicine

Foods that increase serotonin - Health Direct

How foods containing Tryptophan can improve mood - National Library of Medicine

Definition of Oxytocin - Healthline

How Oxytocin can improve immune system - Mind My Peelings

How to boost Oxytocin with animals - National Library of Medicine

How to boost Oxytocin through hugging - Healthline

The benefits of cuddling post-sex - Health Shots


Head to Health

  • For advice assessment & referral into local mental health services.
  • Call 1800 595 212 from 8.30am - 5pm weekdays (excluding public holidays)

Beyond Blue

  • Resource for those feeling depressed or anxious
  • Call 1300 22 4636 or chat online

Black Dog Institute

  • Online resource for people affected by mood disorders.


  • Online mental health tools & support for young people

Mensline Australia

  • 24/7 mental health support for men
  • Call 1300 78 99 78


  • Support for anyone having a personal crisis
  • Call 13 11 114 or chat online


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Hosts: Sally McMullen and Alex Hourigan

Executive Producer: Pariya Taherzadeh

Editor/Studio: Made In Katana

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