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Ready to bring out your inner mammal?

Dr. Loretta Breuning is the founder of the Inner Mammal Institute and the author of Habits of a Happy Brain: Retrain Your Brain to Boost Your Serotonin, Dopamine, Oxytocin, & Endorphin Levels. A former professor at California State University, she has dedicated her second career to teaching people how to manage their happy brain chemicals.

It turns out that we have a lot more in common with mammals in the wild than you may think. In fact, you can boost your happiness by learning how serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin, endorphins, and cortisol work in nature.

This week, you’ll learn all about your brain chemistry and what we have in common with animals. You’ll discover how your behavior adapted and will get easy tips to rewire your brain to experience increased pleasure.

If you struggle with any type of emotional or mental health issue, Dr. Breuning will provide you with a new and unique take on your biochemistry!

Key Topics/Takeaways:

  • Why Dr. Breuning went into this field.
  • Ways we are similar to the animal kingdom.
  • The reason it’s so hard for humans to be happy.
  • How neurotransmitters are made and what triggers them.
  • Ways oxytocin can be developed in negative ways.
  • Why you should avoid negative media.
  • How childhood experiences shape our reality.
  • Tools to rewire the brain.

Where to Find the Guest:
Habits of a Happy Brain: Retrain Your Brain to Boost Your Serotonin, Dopamine, Oxytocin, & Endorphin Levels

Memorable Quotes:

“If you look at the statistics, we actually leave our greatest mark over 50.” (4:45, Betty)

“Our brain is not designed to be happy all the time. It’s designed to promote survival, and the happy brain chemicals evolve to reward you for behaviors that promote survival in that immediate moment.” (5:38, Dr. Breuning)

“Serotonin is your brain signal that it’s safe to assert. And of course, we want that feeling, but we don’t have it every minute because it’s not safe to assert every minute. So we need to be realistic about the real job of these chemicals.” (16:42, Dr. Breuning)

“We are all navigating the world with the pathways we built before age eight and during puberty.” (21:31, Dr. Breuning)

“The brain learns from rewards and pain, and so every experience of rewards biases you to look for that reward, and every experience of pain biases you to fear that kind of pain.” (23:24, Dr. Breuning)

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