Oxytocin – The Love Chemical

Oxytocin was discovered in 1952. It plays a role in social bonding, sexual reproduction in both sexes, and during and after childbirth. Oxytocin is a hormone, neuropeptide, and medication. As a medication, it is used to cause contraction of the uterus. Oxytocin has peripheral (hormonal) actions, and also has actions in the brain. Studies have looked at oxytocin's role in various behaviors, [...] Read More


Dopamine – The Pleasure Chemical

Dopamine was first synthesized in 1910 by George Barger and James Ewens at Wellcome Laboratories in London, England and first identified in the human brain by Kathleen Montagu in 1957. It was named dopamine because it is a monoamine whose precursor in the Barger-Ewens synthesis is 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (levodopa or L-DOPA), which is synthesized in the [...] Read More


Anandamide-The Joy Chemical

As we have discussed last time, the name Anandamide has been taken from the Sanskrit word ananda, which means "joy, bliss, delight, etc.," and added to amide. This article is not for the students of biochemistry, but for laymen who want to know about anandamide in a simple manner; especially in connection with happiness. In [...] Read More


Science Of Happiness

There is a clear-cut science behind happiness. The emotions and feelings we experience are basically due to the chemical changes or chemical reactions taking place inside our brains and bodies. There are many biochemicals (chemicals present within living organisms), which are responsible for our emotions and feelings. They can be either neurotransmitters or hormones. A [...] Read More


What is Happiness

What is happiness - is a golden question. Happiness per se is a very subjective topic. Happiness usually means different things to different people. If you take examples of philosophers, religious thinkers, spiritual gurus, and so forth; they would mostly define happiness as something to do with living a good life. Now this in itself [...] Read More