Endorphins are probably the best-known neuropeptide – chemicals that affect emotional states. Endorphins promote a sense of calm and reduce pain, which is why they are referred to as endogenous opioids. While endorphins do not actually cross the blood-brain barrier, debunking the theory that associates them with a “runner’s high”, they can make people feel good.
Endorphins have been found to alleviate depression, reduce anxiety, and improve self-esteem.
Most people are aware that exercise boosts endorphins, but so do meditation, music, and even hanging out with friends.
Boosting your endorphins is a great way to improve overall wellness. Not only does this boost help your mood, but engaging in this kind of activity also boosts physical health and creativity.