I have been witness the last few years to what I consider a crazy trend. The medical profession seems to be using drugs to treat unhappiness. Not depression, just unhappiness. Anti-depressants have a role in depressed people, but not in those who find themselves unhappy about a life situation or event. I am sure the numbers are far more staggering now but, in 2005, the United States Center for Disease Control stated that of the 2.4 billion drugs prescribed that year, 118 million were anti-depressants. Unhappiness is an emotion and, like all emotions, it has its place. Depression, though, is a medical condition and therefore there is a role for medication. Let me suggest some ways to increase serotonin, the happy neurotransmitter in our brains that several drugs focus on, without using drugs. The following list of five simple things can easily be incorporated into your daily lives and activities. All of them increase serotonin and, thus, can help if you feel unhappy or just want to improve your overall mood and health:
1. Get out in the sun as often as possible
2. Put curry on your food or take turmeric
3. Exercise as often as possible
4. Drink green tea every day
5. Get adequate protein in every meal
You don’t need a doctor’s appointment (or cost) to do these things. They are all without side effects, something the drugs cannot claim, and they are all easy on the wallet. All the benefits of medication without the medication! Happiness is very relative and personal, but the fact remains that serotonin is involved and you should try to get as much of it as you can into your brain! Give each of them a try – I promise you will feel better if you do.