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8 Drug-Free Natural Highs

Massage therapy, acupuncture, meditation
All shown to boost secretion of endorphins.

Saying thank you
Showing gratitude is also a mood-booster—possibly because once you stop to recognize how someone has helped you, you feel happier because you will remember and appreciate it for longer. Plus, you’ll feel better about not taking advantage of favors—and who doesn’t like a good “thank you?”

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8:17PM PDT on May 16, 2014

I can vouch for the runner's high. When I was young, I ran three times a week, usually just three, 8-min. miles, but this was enough to get a real boost. In my mid thirties I had a heart operation, and since then my pace is 10.5 min. miles at best, no runner's high. It's obvious from this perspective how helpful the true endorphin boost had been back in my 20's.

11:31AM PST on Jan 3, 2013

Thank you.

4:56AM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

I have severe depression and i'm taking medication, but including fruit salads with chocolate sauce won't hurt...

7:22PM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

First take care for yourself and than doing something nice for someone,that gives you a good feeling Thanks for the good advice

9:43AM PDT on Jun 16, 2012


6:19PM PDT on Oct 21, 2011

putting others first gives you a good feeling

2:29PM PDT on Aug 7, 2011


6:01PM PDT on Jul 17, 2011

It's been way too long since my last massage or accupuncture session...

9:23PM PDT on Mar 31, 2011

where can I get a potentilla leaf? haha

11:41AM PST on Mar 6, 2011

Great tips. I especially enjoyed the recommendation of carbohydrates through fruits instead of overloading on grains. Great article.

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