The Happiness Chemicals + How to Hack Them

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hey bestiesss

I have one week left of school and honestly I don’t know how to feel about that 😫

like this school year barely happened and I’m not very excited about going into the next year but oh well there’s nothing I can do about that lol.

anyways I randomly got a burst of inspiration to research the “happiness chemicals” in our brains and what triggers their release and stuff so I did and now I want to share it with you guys because who doesn’t want to be a happier person??

Okay so for everyone who doesn’t know, there are four happiness hormones/chemicals created by our brain and they are dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin and endorphins. These are basically the four things in your brain that are responsible for you feeling anything good.

Firstly we have dopamine, which is the chemical responsible for that kind of instant rewarding feeling you get when you complete a task. It’s the hormone that drives and creates motivation for a goal, one step at a time. Some things you can do to release dopamine are listen to music (woohoo), exercise, meditate, get enough sleep, do a hobby you enjoy or organise something (your room, cupboard, literally anything).

Next is the very lovely πŸ’žoxytocinπŸ’ž which is also known as the love hormone because it’s the feeling behind – take a wild guess here please – love, friendship and trust. It’s the kind of warm and fuzzy feeling you get after cuddling your pet or being with your best friends (awwww). It is released after doing anything “loving” so like hugs, cuddles, giving presents, having honest and emotional conversations…all that fun stuff. Also if you have nobody else, warm showers are close enough.

Thirdly issss serotonin which stabilises your mood and basically your body’s wellbeing both in terms of health and mood. To increase serotonin you can spend more time outdoors, eat dark chocolate or exercise. I couldn’t find a lot of good information about serotonin but I think this covers the basics.

And finally endorphins which reduce pain and make you feel really good as a side effect. Some ways to release endorphins are to exercise (exercise is apparently good for like everything πŸ˜πŸ™„ but yeah maybe it’s a sign), eat dark chocolate, have fun with your friends or listen to/make music (looks like music is pretty good for health hehe, loving it).

That’s all for this posttt!!

I’m sorry if I sound really awkward I just completely forgot how to write blog posts where I have to put actual facts instead of just my very cool random thoughts and opinions. It’s clearly been a while.

Let me know if…you knew any of this before? Or literally just chat with me about anything. Like what are your plans for the summer? How do you feel about the weather where you are right now? What’s your favourite ice cream flavour??

Lots of loveeee,

Hreem xxxx

Q&A Answers pt. I

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hey bestiessss

guess who’s finally free because their exams are over

πŸŽ‰βœ¨πŸ˜ŒME πŸ˜Œβœ¨πŸŽ‰

After the last exam me and my friend Simmy went to the mall (I got a pretty nail polish, lip scrub and lip balm yay), ate ice cream and accidentally ended up spending two hours dancing and singing screaming Little Mix and One Direction songs. It was honestly such a vibe, you missed it.

Anywayyysss, this post is my long awaited Q&A answers post. Yep I’m finally doing it.

Also I expected to have way less comments so thank you to everyone I really love your questions!! ☺️ This post will also end up being super long if I include all of the questions so I’m going to do half now and the other half in a part two after a few posts. Okay here we go:

Amber

What’s your favourite colour of all time?
My favourite colour is and always has been pink haha. I never change 😌 Specifically blushy, peachy, baby pinks though. So pretty 😭

What is your favourite food and favourite dessert?
I love popcorn and gnocchi (I’ve been having a huge gnocchi phase for a while now) and for dessert probably cake. Dude I literally haven’t had vanilla cake in forever and I’d really love some right now.

What are your personal beliefs? (e.g. religion)
I am a Hindu so basically my religion is Hinduism which is where we believe in a lot of Gods instead of just one. And yeah obviously we have a lot of different beliefs but that would be too much to get into now hehe.

This Dreamy Girl

What are some of your favourite lyrics?
“you drew stars around my scars but now I’m bleeding”

“the shade of green that if he’d seen would make F. Scott Fitzgerald cry”

“I made you my temple, my mural, my sky. Now I’m begging for footnotes in the story of your life.”

Who is your celebrity girl crush?
Taylor Swift and Little Mix. They all are just so talented, kind and hardworking and also SUPER beautiful.

Who is your celebrity crush?
Harry Styles ✌🏼

What are three things you like about yourself?
Hmm, I like that I’m quite a creative person, I try to be kind to people and make them feel happy and good about themselves and that I can find nearly anything funny (some people find that annoying and then that makes me like it even more lol).

What is/are your comfort songs?
I love this question πŸ’žπŸ’ž Maybe Breathe by T Swift, I Want To Write You A Song by 1D, Fine Line and Golden by Harry Styles and Defenceless by Louis Tomlinson. Clearly I’ve got a really big range of music tastes.

What is your favourite thing about your culture?
Everythingggg. Okay but specifically Indian food, clothes, festivals and just the overall vibe. Ooh and Indian weddings they’re so fun (even though I haven’t gone to one in forever πŸ˜”πŸ˜«)

Liesl

What is your favourite movie?
Probably Ocean’s 8, that was a great movie. Honestly I haven’t seen a really good movie in forever so yeah that’s what I’ll go with. Also The Parent Trap because how can you not love that movie.

Who is your favourite music artist?
My number one favourite is Taylor Swift incase anyone still didn’t know and then I love a bunch of other artists like One Direction and some of their solo music, Little Mix, Camila Cabello, Finneas, Abigail Barlow and Boys World. There’s a bunch more but then this would end up being really boring so yeah, check out the artists if you’d like!

Mistakes Make You Clean

What are some of your favourite books?
I liked the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before series, the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella and honestly probably any Sophie Kinsella books like I’ve Got Your Number.

What do you want to study in university?
I really love music so that’s probably something I’d love to study more!

What is your favourite song by Taylor Swift?
This is nearly impossible to answer because Taylor has like 9 masterpieces of albums so I *unsuccessfully* narrowed it down to a few:

  • Don’t Blame Me
  • Enchanted
  • Hey Stephen
  • august
  • right where you left me

Andddd that’s allll!!! Thanks for the questions ❀

I hope you guys enjoyed reading and stay tuned for part two at some point.

Answer one of these questions in the comments because I’d love to know more about you guys!! Or also let me know if we have any things in common ☺️☺️

Lots of love,

Hreem xx

It’s brutal out here

hey everyoneee!!

this is a very tiny post because my end of year exams start tomorrow and I’m very stressed 😭😭

I also have to go to school to take them which freaks me out because I haven’t physically been to school like at all, yeah. all my social skills (not that I had many to begin with if I’m being honest) are GONE and I can’t stand the thought of actually having to walk into my classroom for the first time this year knowing everyone else already has like met and stuff but I’m like the random girl there.

Can you tell I’m introverted and insecure?

ALSO GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE WHO HAS THEIR EXAMS!!!!

We’re all gonna celebrate when they’re over (I definitely am, not sure how but in some way I have to)

so yeah I’ll see you guys next week when I finally (πŸ™„) get around to doing the Q&A post that is like a month overdue already.

Oh well.

Love & luck,

Hreeemyyyyy

Journaling Prompts?

(If you’re annoyed by all the question marks, let me just say there was a blog challenge and I had to end each sentence with a question mark)

heyyyy how are you guys?

hopefully good?

you might have read my post about why you should journal and maybe (hopefully) started journaling or maybe you journaled already? anyways this is a post for when you want to write but don’t you want to write about?

  • What is my best personality trait?
  • What compliment do I want to hear right now?
  • What is something I wish I could get over but haven’t yet?
  • What is something that made me super happy recently?
  • What makes me feel loved?
  • Who do I really want to talk to right now and why?
  • What kind of a person do I want to be? How can I be that person?
  • If I could talk to my future self what would I ask them?
  • What makes me feel the most confident?
  • What can I change in my life right now to make myself happier?

did you enjoy? i hope so?

isn’t this post kinda confusing and short? yeah?

Love, Hreem?

𝕐𝕠𝕦’𝕣𝕖 𝕀π•₯π•šπ•π• 𝟝-π•ͺ𝕖𝕒𝕣-𝕠𝕝𝕕 π•ͺ𝕠𝕦

π’½π‘’π“π“π‘œ π’·π‘’π“ˆπ“‰π’Ύπ‘’π“ˆ

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𝕀 𝕝𝕠𝕧𝕖 π•₯π•™π•šπ•€ 𝕓𝕖𝕔𝕒𝕦𝕀𝕖 π•€π• π•žπ•–π•₯π•šπ•žπ•–π•€ 𝕀 π•π•šπ•₯𝕖𝕣𝕒𝕝𝕝π•ͺ 𝕗𝕖𝕖𝕝 π•π•šπ•œπ•– 𝕒 π•—π•šπ•§π•–-π•ͺ𝕖𝕒𝕣-𝕠𝕝𝕕 π•’π•Ÿπ•• 𝕀𝕒π•ͺ 𝕀π•₯𝕦𝕗𝕗 π•₯𝕙𝕒π•₯ 𝕒𝕣𝕖 π•¨π•–π•šπ•£π•• π• π•Ÿπ•π•ͺ 𝕓𝕖𝕔𝕒𝕦𝕀𝕖 𝕀’π•ž π•—π•šπ•—π•₯π•–π•–π•Ÿ.

π•’π•Ÿπ•• 𝕀 𝕙𝕒π•₯𝕖 π•₯𝕙𝕒π•₯ π•¨π•™π•–π•Ÿ π•ͺ𝕠𝕦 π•˜π•–π•₯ 𝕠𝕝𝕕𝕖𝕣 π•ͺ𝕠𝕦’𝕣𝕖 π•žπ•–π•’π•Ÿπ•₯ π•₯𝕠 𝕒𝕔π•₯ π•žπ• π•£π•– “π•žπ•’π•₯𝕦𝕣𝕖” 𝕓𝕖𝕔𝕒𝕦𝕀𝕖 π•π•šπ•₯𝕖𝕣𝕒𝕝𝕝π•ͺ π•Ÿπ• π•“π• π••π•ͺ π•–π•Ÿπ•›π• π•ͺ𝕀 π•₯𝕙𝕒π•₯ 𝕝𝕠𝕝.

𝕀𝕠 π•₯π•™π•šπ•€ π•šπ•€ π•žπ•– π•₯π•–π•π•π•šπ•Ÿπ•˜ π•ͺ𝕠𝕦 π•₯𝕠 π•˜π•  𝕕𝕠 π•€π• π•žπ•–π•₯π•™π•šπ•Ÿπ•˜ π•₯𝕠 π•žπ•’π•œπ•– π•ͺ𝕠𝕦𝕣 π•₯π•šπ•Ÿπ•ͺ π•€π•–π•§π•–π•Ÿ-π•ͺ𝕖𝕒𝕣-𝕠𝕝𝕕 𝕀𝕖𝕝𝕗 𝕙𝕒𝕑𝕑π•ͺ π•’π•Ÿπ•• π••π• π•Ÿ’π•₯ 𝕓𝕖 π•–π•žπ•“π•’π•£π•£π•’π•€π•€π•–π•• 𝕗𝕠𝕣 π•—π•–π•–π•π•šπ•Ÿπ•˜ π•π•šπ•œπ•– 𝕒 π•”π•™π•šπ•π•• π•€π• π•žπ•–π•₯π•šπ•žπ•–π•€ 𝕓𝕖𝕔𝕒𝕦𝕀𝕖 π•ͺ𝕠𝕦 π•“π•’π•€π•šπ•”π•’π•π•π•ͺ π•œπ•šπ•Ÿπ•• 𝕠𝕗 𝕀π•₯π•šπ•π• 𝕒𝕣𝕖 π• π•Ÿπ•–.

𝕝𝕠𝕧𝕖,

π•™π•£π•–π•–π•ž 𝕩𝕩

Mental Health Awareness Month

hey everybodyyy

You may or may not already have heard this but May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

haha how many times did I just say May

anywaysss mental health is always SUPER important but even more during this pandemic, so in this post I want to put a bunch of positive reminders and related stuff because I am obviously not a professional on the topic but other people are ☺️

mental health is one of the most stigmatized health issues but it really should not be because it can affect anybody at anytime.

just remember that NO MATTER WHAT ANYONE SAYS it is okay and a great idea to get help if you really need it πŸ’žπŸ’ž

that is all for this post but I just want to remind everyone that YOU ARE SO LOVED AND WANTED.

trust me.

(so so so so so much) Love,

Hreem xx

RANDOM PUPPY POST πŸΆ

(to anybody wondering why I’m SCREAMING in this post: There was a blogging challenge and the first challenge was to write in all caps. I also wasn’t allowed to mention that it was a challenge but it’s over so now I can ✌🏽)

HEY EVERYONE

THIS IS ME DOING AN INCREDIBLY RANDOM AND UNCALLED-FOR POST JUST BECAUSE I’M FUN LIKE THAT.

LET ME BLESS YOUR DAY WITH A FEW PUPPY PICS, YOU’RE WELCOME

(MOST OF THESE PICS AREN’T MINE)

BUDDY AGAIN CAUSE I LOVE HIM

BYEEEE LOVE YOUUU,

HREEM XO

Random Photo Dump

hey guys it’s meeeee

This is going to be a very chill and random post because I don’t have any other ideas and because I think everyone needs a cute catching up post every once in a while.

First of all (as you probably already know) I hit 200 followers which I once again want to say a big thank you to you guys for because it is just so awesome.

Things are pretty much the same lately (where I am) and the weather is getting SO HOT again which sucks but what can you do. There’s a lot of ice cream and it’s mango season so I’ll be okay until at least June or July. As if the heat wasn’t enough, we’ve been having sand storms for the past 2 days so that means leaves and sand everywhere ugh.

It is Ramadan right now though so school is shorter and I am so grateful for that because I get to sleep more 😭 I don’t know how I’m gonna handle it when the hours return to normal though because each lesson is going to feel like two hours each lol.

What about you guys, how have you been lately? What are you looking forward to? Let me know in the comments! And now here’s the photo dump:

Buddy babyyyyyyy
just simmy being simmy
we took off our masks because there was nobody nearby, incase anyone was wondering
Hi Neha if you’re reading, I appreciate you
Fujairah!!!
this was actually so good omg

Not a ton of pics but I still love them. Thanks for reading if you made it this far and answer my questions from before or comment about literally anything, I love to chat.

Love, Hreem xx

(p.s. it would mean the world if you checked out my covers πŸ’žπŸ’ž)

200 followers!! + Ask Me Questions πŸŽ‰

ASHIUFHIWB GUYS

(I’m sure you’ve already read the title but)

WE’VE REACHED 200 FOLLOWERS!!!

THANK YOU TO ALL THE LOVELY PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT MY BLOG I APPRECIATE YOU SO MUCH

12-year-old me who started this blog never expected to even reach 100 followers and here we are now with double of that 😭😭

My blog is a place where I write about random things that I find interesting or that I want to share with others and the fact that there is even a few people who want to hear what I have to say makes me so happy I LOVE YOU GUYS.

In celebration of 200 followers I want to do a Q&A (how original, am I right?) because that’s kind of a tradition for bloggers. Sooo please comment some questions for me to answer in the post!

Love, Hreem xx