- Addictions and the Endocrine System
- Baseline Human Emotion
- Human Emotion – part 2
- Human Emotion – part 3
- Human Emotion – part 4
Happiness is a hormonal drug, medicine, temporary state of being. I know this goes against what the modern media and educational system, even some major religions are saying, but it is what it is. What do we have without one emotion being dominant over another? We have what is known as neutrality. A neutral state of being is one where no single emotion is above or below the percentages of all the other emotional states. If the emotions are completely even between one another, the brain would be at the restful state physically possible while consciously aware. In my view the only thing that causes the brain to do just about everything it does is the presence of emotions. Emotions drive the brain to employ cellular rebuilding/healing, communication, creativity, destruction, and so on. Remember the brain is all about “me” and self preservation. I have written and spoken on this before. The only reason it does any of its primal functions is because it wants to “live” and oldest sections of it are mainly aware of this physical consciousness and its presence in it. Survival, self preservation becomes its primal pursuit.
Hormone production is for experience. Experience is the name of this physical game we all “live” and play. Without hormones and the emotions they create, we could not play this game as it is laid out. I have written what emotions are before and why they are necessary, but the chemical nature of an emotion is a hormone mixture. Emotions are hormones. No matter what angle you choose to look at this from, the physical body and all it does is controlled by the chemicals within it and their interaction with one another. This is the law of physical form. Even a rock looks, feels and smells like it does because of its chemical makeup and how those chemicals are relating with each other. We are no different, just more complex.
In this modern world the message is clear; be happy, feel happy and spread happiness all the time or there is something wrong with you. Why not just say; if you are not orgasmic every moment of your life then there is something seriously wrong with you. It is just an impossibility in this physical world. That is not how our bodies work, and for good reason. Life is about a range of experiences and that requires a range of emotional states. Happiness is just one of many. To think that we are supposed to be happy all the time is lunacy. Life does not work this way. To say everyone should experience the same levels and amounts of happiness throughout their lives is also lunacy. Every person is unique.
Happiness is really a chemical drug created in our brain that floods the rest of the body. The hormone dopamine is one chemical involved in the production of happiness. Phenylethylamine (PEA) is another happiness hormone/chemical. The level of androgen receptors is also a key factor in feeling happy. Oxytocin is yet another happiness hormone. If there is a deficiency of dopamine of PEA, for example, feelings of unhappiness are much more pronounced than feelings of happiness. Without oxytocin present we would fail to feel content and close to someone we love. But do you feel happy and content all the time? I seriously doubt it. This is simply because these hormones are only created from time to time in the amounts necessary to feel “happy”.
When are the above hormones most active or in abundance? Some of these listed are times when those chemical hormones are most present and strongly affecting us:
- In the presence of someone we find attractive
- During sex
- During orgasm
- When eating something we like
- When drinking something we like
- During massage
- When we first fall in “love”
- While under the influence of certain drugs
Those are examples of times when those feel happy hormones are at their highest concentrations. Now in a world as stressful as this one, many people do not feel happy as much as the media tells us we should. Many people, after a while, begin to wonder what is wrong with them for not being able to feel happy all the time. Quite a few people I have met place a ton of their energy into creating the façade of happiness when in the presence of others, but when they are alone they are miserable. Holding the façade is exhausting and this wears their system down so that when they are alone they crash.
Now who would not want a massage every day, or experience an orgasm daily, or feel like the very first time we actually fell in love every moment of life? I bet not many of your hands are in the air yelling, Me, Me!
Between stress levels, the difficulty of this physical life, the constant bombardment of media, religions, educational systems and so on, telling us all that we need to be happy all the time and spread it around set so many up for feelings of failure. When people cannot feel that happiness and feel good sensation all the time, they seek it out like a drug. The stress of not feeling like we are told we should be feeling further increases the need to feel happy, to feel “good”. This increases the pursuit of this drug. People get addicted then to things that increase the dopamine and PEA production in the brain. Things like:
- Drugs and alcohol
- Infidelity (to feel that initial hormone boost associated with new love relationships)
- Compulsive behavior
- Adrenaline drive (adrenaline junkie and over-risk taking)
Society tells us we need or should feel happy all the time, but it fails to tell us that there are highs and lows to the hormonal cycles of both male and female on a daily basis. We are not built to feel good all the time. Our systems are not created that way. Addictions become all too familiar to many people in this modern world because of the stress drive. When we engage in some activity that spikes dopamine, for instance, afterwards there will be a dopamine crash. This is actually a safety measure built into the body to prevent us from wearing ourselves out with overstimulation.
One example is sex. During sex the dopamine, PEA and androgen receptors rise dramatically. During orgasm dopamine explodes to incredible levels and has been referred by specialists to equal the feelings of the brain on heroin. If the sex was between loving partners the hormone oxytocin increases for a period directly after. However, prolactin is secreted by the pituitary gland after a full orgasm which is a sedation hormone. It makes us feel fulfilled. Prolactin levels can remain at levels to affect our moods for up to two weeks after orgasm. Yes the amount and time period varies from person to person, as do all hormone productions. It is theorized that if someone has health issues that stress the adrenals, kidneys, liver, spleen and so on, that the body will produce more prolactin to keep the person down for longer periods in order that the body has a chance to fully recover.
However, the brain registers that feel good experience. If a person lives with a lot of stress or unhappiness in their life, that remembrance can become a craving and an addiction to whatever activity produced the feel good feelings. This excess of such feel good producing activities further stresses and weakens the body. The natural low times of the hormones are not allowed and the person forces more and more feel good hormone production, stressing out the endocrine and nervous systems. They crash harder and harder after each feel good episode. Natural recovery time becomes longer and longer. You can see the issues with this destructive process.
Main point – all things in moderation because with all things there is a cost. Emotions are no different. Emotions are hormone production and interactions and those productions require physical energy and well-being. Every high must have a low. The more we force those peaks, the longer we will remain in the ravines and the harder it is to climb those lofty feel good peaks. That is the price.
Be happy, be sad, be angry, be jovial and live the range as we are built for. Learn to accept the experiences upon the lofty peaks as well as the dim ravines below.