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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Generate Endorphins

What's an "endorphin"?

According to Wikipedia, endorphins are compounds

produced by the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus in vertebrates during strenuous exercise, excitement, pain and orgasm, and they resemble the opiates in their abilities to produce analgesia and a feeling of well-being.

"A feeling of well-being"? Yup. A chemical high courtesy of your own endocrine system.

I think the list of endorphin triggers is fascinating. "Excitement" and "orgasm" on the one hand just don't seem to go along with "strenuous exercise" and "pain" on the other.

Pain? I guess John Mellencamp was right: It does hurt so good.

No, I'm not advocating that you go out and hurt yourself. Life brings enough pain without us seeking it. But exercise, excitement, and yes, orgasm, are all legitimate ways to flood the system with its own "joy juice."

So get out there and run that marathon, or get charged up watching a football game, or... well... you know...

You'll be happier.

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