The “Happy” Neurotransmitter: How Meditation Boosts Serotonin
The "Happy Neurotransmitter" — How Meditation Boosts Serotonin
Of our approximately 86 billion brain cells, most all are influenced by serotonin. Known by many scientists as the "happy" neurotransmitter, serotonin is key to helping relay signals from one part of the brain to another. This crucial chemical has a profound impact on our mood, contributing greatly to our overall state of well-being.
According to Princeton brain researcher Barry Jacobs, PhD, depression sets in when fewer and fewer new brain cells are created, with stress and age being the leading trigger. Thankfully, depression sufferers don’t need to submit to a diminished quality of life, there is a highly effective, all-natural solution.
University of Montreal scientists (Perreau-Linck et al) have shown that activities like mindfulness have a direct impact on the brain’s production of serotonin levels. It is thought that meditation "bathes" neurons with an array of feel-good chemicals, effectively melting away the stress that leads to low serotonin levels and depression.
In the end, meditation’s serotonin replenishing effect works to create a utopian chemical environment for the production of new brain cells, making you a happier and healthier person.
More Serotonin Benefits: ▲Heart health | ▲Neuroplasticity | ▲Brain cells | ▼Anxiety | ▼Depression | ▲Sleep | ▲Energy | ▲Happiness | ▲Mood | ▲Controls appetite | ▼Obesity | ▼Free radicals | ▲Longevity | ▲Relaxation |