As a neuroscientist, I can tell you all sorts of interesting facts about how our brains allow us to see, feel, touch and remember the world around us. But that’s not the science I use on an everyday basis.
Hands-down, the most practical science I use centers on what neuroscience has taught us about how to boost happiness. The happiness response of the brain focuses on things that we can do to increase the levels of a range of different neurotransmitters in the brain like serotonin and noradrenalin (both decreased in depression), as well as the neurotransmitter dopamine, the pleasure neurotransmitter, among others.
Brain hacks are quick and easy ways to boost happiness that can all be done in four minutes or less. Some of these tricks that neuroscientists have studied to boost our mood you might have already discovered for yourself—but others might surprise you. Here are my six favorite neuroscience “brain hacks” to use whenever you need a quick dose of happy: