Habits of a Happy Brain: Retrain Your Brain to Boost Your Serotonin, Dopamine, Oxytocin, & Endorphin Levels Kindle Edition
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- File size : 603 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 242 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B0178M3LNA
- Publisher : Adams Media; 1st edition (November 15, 2015)
- Publication date : November 15, 2015
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #41,033 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Dopamine rewards you for the effort of steps toward your needs. You can stimulate the joy of dopamine by taking steps toward a goal.
Oxytocin rewards you for finding the safety of social support. You can stimulate the pleasure of oxytocin with small acts of trust.
Serotonin rewards you for getting respect from others. You can stimulate the pleasure of serotonin by finding the good in what you have.
Endorphins rewards you for action that relieves pain. You can enjoy endorphin through laughter and exercise.
This book truly is a leg up to understand yourself better as well as a gift for those who truly aspire to self mastery and positive fulfillment.
Everything makes sense in evolution's stand point. when an idea makes sense to me, I can do it. I learned how to look at my day and generate some happy chemicals in my brain to improve my life.
If you are one who wants to know why before knowing how to be happier, this book's for you.
Would you like to have more power over your own happiness? By understanding the ways a mammalian brain works in reality you will be much closer to your goal. I learned so much about myself and others through reading this fascinating book. What was interesting to me was how accurate Loretta Graziano Breuning is about the types of people who trigger greater amounts of happy chemicals in your brain.
The author does not talk a lot about cortisol, mostly only to tell us that it makes us feel bad. The goal is to strive for oxytocin, serotonin and dopamine. Oxytocin appears during social bonding like holding hands. Serotonin can make you feel good when you win respect and feel you have social importance. Dopamine appears when a need is about to be met.
Loretta Graziano Breuning makes a good point about how we get happy when we think something we are doing is going to outlast us. This is why a lot of people have kids or fight for worthy causes.
Some of the interesting facts in this book explain things like why people are attracted to bad news and why belonging to a "herd" doesn't make you happy because what you really want is to be noticed. Also when you are noticed by someone who you think is important, your serotonin surges. This could explain our fascination with famous people and movie stars.
What this book seeks to do is to inform you of your choices and to give you ideas for how to improve happiness in your life. The author states that new behaviors have to be processed by the brain for 45 days. That sounds a little extreme. There are much shorter ways to happiness. So this book is more about long-term success. It might work for some people. Otherwise it is just a very interesting read.
~The Rebecca Review
She gives concrete examples of HOW to feel better.
Her articulate explanations and stories are so easy to understand and relate to and then chapter by chapter, Breuning gives exercises and new behaviors to experiment with.
For me, as someone who feels "bad" moods sometimes come out of "thin air," other people's irritating behavior is often a total roadblock,and "good" moods are elusive, this book has turned out to be a true LIFE-CHANGER!
I can see where this yucky stuff is coming from... our own chemistry!!... and because of the understanding and the tools this book offers, I can actually make the changes to feel happier more, and deal more lightly and a bit more easily with the bad, and often scary, feelings.
THANK YOU LORETTA!!!!
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Nevertheless, the reader is somewhat left with a "so what" feeling in the end. I felt like an athlete promised a new training method, only to end up reading everything about the purpose of muscles and how nutrition fuels muscles to enable growth, without ever learning a single useful training exercise that actually could make them grow.
I am 36, have wanted to be an artist since age 4, think about art everyday of my life but a pathologically dysfunctional childhood had left me unable to get over the terrorising dread of picking up a pencil. Chronic anxiety has dominated my life. I’ve been searching for years on what to do to get over cptsd and this book, while simple to read has been the most understood I’ve ever felt. I felt encouraged that it’s just normal and human to feel this way(given my experiences) and that it can be overcome- and that it’s ok that it doesn’t feel like it can be overcome. Just do the advice on creating the happy habit anyway.
So I started doing 10 minutes of art a day to forge a new pathway and teach my brain that it’s safe to do so, I won’t die if I do (anyone who has cptsd knows what I mean here. Anyone who is wondering what on earth I’m talking about, count yourself lucky).
It was agony at times but on day 40 I stopped feeling dread and started to look forward to my daily art. I’ve done more drawing in the past 56 days than in the past few years combined. And those times would have been accompanied by excruciating dread, but not anymore.
I have an overwhelmingly long way to go to get to where I want to be with my art. But at least I’m on the road now and am just enjoying having art back in my life. Am really, really grateful for this breakthrough.