Endorphins can be called the body’s “feel good” chemicals—because when they are released you get a natural boost in mood (and they can even act as a pain reliever). Some say the natural effect of endorphins can be compared to morphine, and could be even stronger.
However, endorphins unfortunately aren’t just freely flowing throughout you all the time (unless you’re one of those people who are unexplainably happy all the time, and if you are, good for you). So, here are eight ways for the rest of us to get those endorphins flowing…
1. Get a Massage
While exercise can release endorphins, laying still and letting someone else do the work can also release them too. AmericanSpa.com says that “large amounts” of endorphins are released into the bloodstream during a massage, which is why you sometimes come away from a session feeling a bit light-headed.
While the study of endorphins on the human body is fairly new in the bigger picture, the source explains that as far back as 1887 a famed doctor remarked about the mentally calming effects of a massage. So not only can you benefit from a reduction in physical aches and pains, but your worries could melt away too thanks to massage therapy (and endorphins).