Loretta Graziano Breuning is founder of the Inner Mammal Institute, which helps people manage the ups and downs of their mammal brain. She learned that our happy brain chemicals swing up and down because they have a job to do. When you know what they do in animals, you can make peace with your inner mammal. You can wire yourself to enjoy more happy chemicals and relieve more unhappy chemicals
Breuning is the author of Habits of a Happy Brain that I have read and reviewed here and also a past guest episode 21 – here.
I decided to speak with Loretta again to discuss the happy chemicals as it relates to happiness. What I discovered was that we are hard-wired to survive not hard wired to be happy. We revisit the happy chemicals as to why they exist and than dig deeper discussing self-discipline vs self-denial, ever expanding needs and how to balance the peaks and troughs, what is good and bad, cravings, choice and free will. Beautiful conversation.
You can visit Loretta at her site The Inner Mammal Institute.
Also check out her video You Have Power Over Your Brain
Further Reading and Resources
TED Talks: Ideas worth spreading
Psychology Today: Psychology Today is devoted exclusively to everybody’s favourite subject – Ourselves
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Elite Daily: The Voice of Generation Y
Four Hour Work Week: How to escape the 9-5, live anywhere and join the new rich.
The Minimalists: How to pursue a minimalist lifestyle and be happier.
Mind Hacks: Tips and Tricks for Using Your Brain
Rich Roll: Plantpowered Wellness Advocate
The Art of Charm: Build confidence, feel comfortable and networking differently.
American Psychological Association: The largest scientific and professional organization of psychologists in the United State
The Art of Manliness: Encouraging men to be better husbands, fathers, brothers, citizens.
Tiny Buddha: Simple wisdom for complex lives.
Brain Pickings: An inventory of cross-disciplinary interestingness, spanning art, science, design, history, philosophy, and more.
Mind Body Green: Lifestyle media brand dedicated to inspiring you to live your best life.
Zen Habits: Find simplicity and mindfulness in life.
Creative NonFiction: “true stories well told.”
Addicted 2 Success: Motivation & Inspiration Website full of quotes and inspiring articles for entrepreneurs.
Barking Up the Wrong Tree: science-based answers and expert insight on how to be awesome at life.
The Positivity Blog: Practical articles on happiness, self-esteem, productivity and social skills.