Safety and respect: Serotonin In a mammal, seratonin is released when it sees it’s bigger or stronger than another; having the advantage creates a feeling of safety. Social recognition can be fleeting and unpredictable, but you can find good routes to self-respect:
Enjoy where you are - It’s not always best to be in the driving seat, so know when to be happy to be the passenger. Status goes up and down.
Notice your influence - Without being controlling or arrogant, you can see when people have taken your lead. Don’t expect credit, just take time to appreciate your good effect on others.
Surrender control - Much of the time we can’t control what’s happening and that can be a big source of frustration. Choose one control ‘habit’ you have and try to let it go. So, no checking the weather or looking at the clock.
Take pride - Make up your mind to say ‘look what I’ve done’ without being too tied up with the reaction – accept that it may not always be the one you want.
All 4 happy hormones are all important so we should work on releasing them into our bodies in new ways.
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