How Testosterone Affects Our Daily Lives in Happiness and Success

According to some sources, the average adult makes around 35,000 decisions per day. A rather hefty number for such a mundane thought process. And yet, as we realize that many of those decisions define who we are today and who we will be in the future, it seems as though we make most of these decisions in such a trifling manner.

Given that it would be quite irrational to try to make each decision in such a self-conscious manner, we have found that our body can be better prepared to make better decisions if we actually learn to treat it the right way.

In a study published by John Coates in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, Coates was able to measure the correlation between testosterone levels and the decision-making process in men. Testosterone production in the male body is deeply intertwined with the decisions we make on a daily basis. Testosterone defines our mental state in the face of risky decisions, competition, and work.

When testosterone levels are high in the body, we are more prone to make risky decisions, our body is better prepared for competition, and we become more confident and hard workers. For example, when two animals are about to square off in anticipation of a fight, both experience a surge of testosterone levels. This mechanism increases the blood´s capacity to carry oxygen, hence quickening the speed of reactions. Winners of such a fight will emerge with almost tenfold of the amount of testosterone in the body, while the loser´s testosterone levels can become suppressed by the same order. Coates calls this phenomenon “the winner effect”.

To share with you, these are 5 ways to increase your testosterone levels naturally:
  • Eat Healthy
  • Exercise
  • Sleep
  • Reduce Stress
  • Reduce Sugar intake
In a nutshell, testosterone is the hormone of irrational fervor and high spirits, while cortisol, the stress hormone, is the one for irrational pessimism. In these simple words we come to realize that many of the decisions we make on daily basis are deeply motivated by the inner workings of our bodies.

Learn to embrace this knowledge and you will slowly experience how having a healthy body will help you make better decisions on a daily basis. Turns out healthy people on average tend to be happier and more successful in general. 

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