I have always been aware that getting dressed and “getting out” provided a lift (pun intended). However, I never noticed that just a quick walk in my heels also provided an endorphin hit. It is said that laughter is is another good source of endorphins, which is why watching a good sitcom will generate enough good hormones to keep you contented all evening.
"You can reduce stress, promote self-healing and make positive life changes by invoking your endorphins," says Rikys, who has practiced meditation for more than 30 years. (The Telegraph)
Endorphins are the happy hormones that makes us feel good. So there definitely is, (always has been), a correlation on my being able to exercise my feminine personality and being happy. When not able to get out for extended periods in the past, I have felt depressed. Not at all my normal mood.
I'd love to be able to conjure up my golden endorphins at will, but in the meantime I've found the next best thing. So, maybe just what the good doctor prescribed. An escape!
Here is more on this subject from the GoodTherapy site:
According to a recent news release, one study has shown that women who are depressed or sad are more likely to wear baggy tops, jeans, and a sweatshirt or jumper. Women who are happy or positive are more likely to wear a favorite dress, jewelry, and jeans. These clothing choices seem to mean that women who are feeling down put less effort into what they’re wearing, and women who are in a good mood tend to try and look nicer to match their mood.
There were 100 women interviewed for the study, and their ages ranged from 21 to 64 years, according to the news release. The researchers also found that 73% of women in the study “shopped for clothes at least every few months.” The majority of women, or 96%, “believed that what they wear affects how confident they feel,” according to the news release.
Works for me! How about you?