The Heart is often associated with emotions and feelings. Even so, it’s the brain that’s truly responsible for the way you feel. Your brain is almost like a big chemical experiment. The brain is capable of producing chemicals that directly affect how we feel. 1 2

Anger

You might feel angry when you believe someone has wronged you. Anger is commonly seen as a “bad” emotion, but this isn’t always the case. After all, this emotion can give you the motivation to solve an issue. The chemicals that make you angry are adrenalin and cortisol. 3 4

Sadness

Being sad means to feel sorrowful. While this emotion is the opposite of happiness, you can’t enjoy being happy without it. The chemicals involved are acetylcholine, norepinephrine, glutamate, and dopamine. Additionally, gamma-aminobutyric acid or GABA is also used. 5 6

People suffering from SAD, or seasonal affective disorder have depression-like symptoms. In most cases, SAD seems to only occur in places that don’t see much sunlight. Additionally, you can get SAD temporarily during the fall and winter months.

Happiness

You feel happy when it’s a good day and everything’s going your way. Happiness is the most treasured emotion that one can feel. You can thank the chemicals serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin, and endorphins. 7 8

Fear

Fear means that you’re worried about something that can hurt you. This emotion is important, as it helps keep us safe. Both chemicals, glutamate, and adrenalin are responsible for why we feel fear. 9 10

Source(s):

  1. https://science.howstuffworks.com/life/inside-the-mind/human-brain/5-ways-your-brain-influences-your-emotions2.htm
  2. https://medium.com/thrive-global/the-brain-chemicals-that-make-you-happy-and-how-to-trigger-them-caa5268eb2c
  3. https://www.bustle.com/p/11-weird-things-that-happen-to-your-body-when-youre-angry-3206868
  4. https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/anger
  5. https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/what-causes-depression
  6. https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/sad
  7. https://medium.com/thrive-global/the-brain-chemicals-that-make-you-happy-and-how-to-trigger-them-caa5268eb2c
  8. https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/happy
  9. https://www.businessinsider.com/what-happens-when-you-are-scared-2015-10
  10. https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/fear