I’ve been undergoing counseling for quite some time now for my depression and passive suicidal ideations, and one thing the counselor told me is that all men, without exception, are in search of happiness according to Blaise Pascal. People may have different ways, may take different paths, have different views about it, but their desire is just the same. It is the reason for our every action, even those who end up taking their own lives. Dr. Barbara Fredrickson has concluded that “positivity helps “broaden our ideas about possible actions, opening our awareness to a wider range of thoughts and actions than is typical.”
Some people try to look for happiness in their work, relationships, in school, in achievements, in the family, in religion, in spirituality, and those who failed to find it sometimes just give up out of feeling tired and frustrated. “Even when we have the things that “make us happy,” it’s a fragile happiness because we’re always at least half aware that we could lose the basis of our happiness,” shares Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D.
I am no different, for I too am in search of this elusive happiness. I have tried many ways to find it. Now that I’m in my menopausal age, happiness has become more and more hard to find.
Happiness In My Brain
Our brain produces four essential chemicals that are said to influence our happiness.
- Dopamine makes us high and happy, responsible for that “love at first sight” feeling.
- Serotonin puts us in a good mood, makes us feel good about ourselves, controls our appetite, memory, and sleep.
- Oxytocin is the love hormone, responsible for the maternal-infant bonding, regulates our ability to empathize, makes us feel generous. It increases when we are hugging, kissing, and especially during orgasm.
- Endorphins reduce our perception of pain and lessen stress, inducing feelings of pleasure or euphoria.
The release of these chemicals makes us happy which keeps us coming back and want more of the same feelings.
Apple Cider Vinegar For A Healthy Body And Mind
Apple cider vinegar is known to do a lot for our body, the very reason why many people make it a part of their daily diet.
It aids in weight loss, improves digestion, helps sustain bone mass to prevent arthritis and osteoporosis, relieves constipation, eradicates hiccups, and helps reduce inflammation. But besides your body benefits from the consumption of apple cider vinegar, it is also very beneficial to feeling happy and alleviating depression and stress.
Apple Cider Vinegar Cracks Chemicals For Our Happiness
Apple cider vinegar consumed before meals helps break down proteins to amino acids. These amino acids are responsible for the formation of hormones in our body, the tryptophan. Tryptophan plays a significant role in the release of our serotonin in the brain – remember our feel-good neurotransmitter mentioned earlier.
Serotonin enhances our mood and makes us feel relaxed. Serotonin is best in warding off the symptoms of depression and anxiety. The more serotonin is released, the lesser is our tendency to be depressed, the lesser tendency to have suicidal ideation and aggressive behavior.
Apple Cider Vinegar For Menopausal Women
According to my counselor, Eastern medicine believes that menopausal women (like me) experiencing depression is an indication of an immobile liver. The life is under stress when a woman reaches her menopausal stage, so it is essential to make sure that it is in its best condition to ward off depression, and a daily dose of apple cider vinegar is one best way to detoxify and cleanse it.
“Working effectively with stress requires taking control of our responsibility and our attitude,” says Alicia H. Clark, PsyD
An annoying cough that keeps you awake all night can cause you to be more irritable and stressed. Adding honey to apple cider vinegar can assist in decreasing the irritation caused by this tickling cough.
Put together two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and two teaspoons of honey and place it on your bedside at night. You take a sip once you feel a tickling cough and feel instant relief.
Since counseling has introduced to me the many benefits of apple cider vinegar, I have been stirring in two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in my water which I drink before my meals, and I can say it benefited me a lot. The feeling of happiness may come and go, and it may not only be because of the apple cider vinegar, but there are also other things that contribute to my happiness now. Nonetheless, I can say that it gives a kick in my mood when I don’t feel like doing things.
Apple cider vinegar may have tons of benefits to having a healthy body and mind, but its use should be in moderation. Because like any other, it also can have negative effects, especially if you have other diseases. Before considering using apple cider vinegar, be sure to consult your doctor first.