Let me start by defining what is a neurotransmitter.
They are the molecules that are in charge of sending and receiving the messages between neurons or neurons to muscles.
In simple words, we can say they are the little messengers of our brain and body chemical data.
Now, let me continue with why those little guys have an important role to fight depression.
When a neurotransmitter delivers a message to a neuron some chemical reactions are produced in our body and/or brain. Those reactions are what lastly can change our mood toward something.
The Neurotransmitters of Happiness
There are four that are identified with the feelings of happiness, joy, satisfaction and contentment these are known as endorphins, dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin (EDSO).
I learned this from Simon Sinek who explains it in an excellent way how this works.
It’s 45:50 mins long (maybe too long for some of you) but every minute of the video is worth it!
Did you watch the video?
I understand if you don’t, but as I said, it has a lot of value!
Basically he talks about the importance of taking certain actions and what kind of results we can get if we get this well-balanced.
Living with depression can be something very draining and tiring of our energy but understanding better this kind of concepts and putting it into practice can have a huge positive impact in the fight against depression.
You may ask, how we can put this into practice? And I may ask you back (and again 😅) did you saw the video I just shared with you?
After watching something interesting that we like, we cannot help but feel excited about what we’ve learned, even our retention is improved.
We also cannot help but start to theorize and connect things when there is seemingly no connection between those things. (That’s how creativity is born btw).
Something that stuck with me is what was said about the oxytocin neurotransmitter.
For now, I’m going to talk about this one and not others.
We can get oxytocin when we feel the satisfaction of receiving a good deed from others, when we do something good to others and even as a third-party by witnessing that good act done into someone else.
If you have been following me for a time, you already know about an experiment with rice by the late Masaru Emoto that can clearly demonstrate how things are affected by our thoughts. In this case, rice.
Please, check it out if you don’t know what I’m talking about.
By the way, it has been a year (and one month) since I started my own rice experiment and I’m still doing it.
Look up the results so far here…
Now, I have connected both ideas and created my own theory (I haven’t seen and don’t know if someone else has said what I’m about to say).
I think there’s some chance that by giving good or bad thoughts about something in a subconscious way we are using a neurotransmitter that the receiving party (the object which we set our intentions) is picking and reacting accordingly.
Don’t know exactly where I can begin to test and prove the validity of this theory and I don’t want to sound too “esoteric” neither. So don’t take me too seriously on this one as I’m not sure if this is the case (more knowledge and studies into this matter is needed).
Some Final Thoughts…
A neurotransmitter can incentivize, inhibit and or modulate certain actions and behaviors by liberating some chemicals in our brain and body when we engage in some activities.
Addictions and depression can be destroyed if we learn how to balance our chemical reactions.
By doing the right things that liberate oxytocin and the correct neurotransmitters we can improve a lot our condition of being depressed.
Having sincerity in our actions, doing the best we can do in our lives to better our body, mind, and spirit are some of the things we should do and be persistent with.