What Else Impacts on Mood?
Why People are happier in Boulder, Colorado
Boulder, Colorado or the mountains of Utah are places with high altitudes and people who live in those areas seem happier than those staying on the flipside who appear depressed with a rise in the rate of suicide and use of antidepressants.
Studies have shown that people with lower serotonin levels naturally feel worse in high altitudes since in such altitudes serotonin reduces and dopamine levels rise. On the other hand, people with lower dopamine levels tend to be happy in high altitudes since there’s an increase in dopamine.
There is a relationship between the thyroid and dopamine since they are both made from the same amino acid known as L-tyrosine.
Seasonal Affective disorder
This is a disorder that involves the thyroid and is attributed to a lack of sunshine or a specific light preventing one from creating chemicals within the body, thoughts and happy feelings. However, the existence of this disorder is questionable because some researchers say it exists while others say it does not.
Individuals having seasonal affective disorder are likely to have thyroid antibodies and thyroid disease and people with thyroid disease have higher rates of seasonal affective disorder. There’s a seasonal disorder also called winter blues which can resolve on a beach vacation.
In order to manage this seasonal condition, it’s recommended that one should get the right dosage of thyroid medication and try out the following tips;
- Take probiotics and fermented foods. The bacteria found in these foods provide balance in the intestines and evoke positive emotions. There are probiotic brands recommended such as Pure Encapsulations and fermented products for Body Ecology.
- Ensure adequate intake of Omega-3’s Fatty Acids. This can be found in seafood, Omega-3 supplements and cod liver oil.
- Obtain a Blue-Light which will provide the particular light required in prevention of the seasonal disorders such as depression.