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Habits of a Happy Brain: Retrain Your Brain to Boost Your Serotonin, Dopamine, Oxytocin, & Endorphin Levels Paperback – December 16, 2015
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About the Author
Loretta Breuning, PhD, is the author of Habits of a Happy Brain and The Science of Positivity. She is the Founder of the Inner Mammal Institute and Professor Emerita of Management at California State University, East Bay. As a teacher and mom, she was not convinced by prevailing theories of human motivation. Then she learned about the brain chemistry we share with earlier mammals, and everything made sense. She began creating resources that have helped thousands of people manage their inner mammal. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today, Real Simple, Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health, and on Forbes, NPR, and numerous podcasts. Her work has been translated into Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, French, Dutch, Portuguese, and Turkish.
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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
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.
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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