What triggers the release of endorphins?

Stress, fear and pain are three main stimulants, but these trigger endorphins too:

  • Childbirth
  • Exercise, especially intense aerobic activity or heavy weightlifting
  • Light to moderate use of alcohol
  • Meditation or controlled-breathing exercises, such as yoga, tai chi or Pilates
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage therapy
  • Ultraviolet light
  • Chili peppers, especially the capsaicin that makes these peppers hot.

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