Hormones & happiness are interconnected. Based on the 8 ways to get happier, which we discussed yesterday, let us look at each of them closely.
Exercise & Happiness : What is categorised as exercises, includes brain related as well. Let us take a look at all the traditional games such as playing with Marbles, Gilli Danda, Kho Kho, Pandi / Hopscotch, Kabadi etc, if we look at each of these games closely, they are today’s much hyped about gym exercises concealed in a game!
Other games such as Pallanguzhi, Daya Pass/ Dominoes, Brainteaser, Chozhi/ shell based games, all these traditional games were great for the brain, hand-mind-body coordination, dexterity etc.
Exercise not only keeps us fit and healthy, but also protects us from disease and degeneration. Hormones produced while exercising includes:
- Human Growth Hormones (GH): This controls body’s growth and is generated by the Pituitary gland.
- Testosterone: Helps build muscle and bone mass, other than being known as the “male hormone”
- Insulin and thyroid hormones
Additionally, exercise can assist the brain in producing hormones associated with happiness, such as:
- Dopamine: The feel good hormone
- Serotonin: The stress hormone
- Endorphins: Feel good – pain & stress reliever
One of the traditional practices, which can be added to this category is Kolam. Drawing a Kolam is a brain exercise, coordination booster and a fantastic stretch. All wrapped into one.
Project Draw Happiness
Every human desires happiness. For some, just looking at the sky brings happiness. Simple. A few others go to great lengths to acquire happiness. Like going on a cruise in Alaska. Expensive. Sometimes not doing anything at all brings happiness. Inexpensive.
At Kolam Podu, we bring you draw happiness. Nothing elaborate, nothing expensive but a simple ritualistic habit that for over 108 days we are going to provide you simple uncomplicated kolams for you to draw and be inspired.
Life is beautiful, if you choose for it to be. Until then Kolam Podu !