Endorphins are released when we engage in pleasurable activities such as:
Physical activities like dancing or swimming
Creative pursuits like cooking or painting
Musical engagement, whether listening or playing
Social activities like talking and laughing with others
Quiet activities like reading or putting a puzzle together
Parents are encouraged to have their children take breaks from homework or rehearsal to engage in activities that produce endorphins. If a child is not enjoying better moods after these breaks, or is suffering from severe depression or anxiety, parents should consult their pediatricians.