Meet Your Happy Chemicals re-issued w new title
This book was re-titled: Habits of a Happy Brain: Retrain your brain to boost your serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin, & endorphin levels, thanks to my new publisher, Adams Media. It sells for $10.39 on Amazon, so there’s no reason to pay high prices for used copies of Meet Your Happy Chemicals.
The new edition has the exercises and worksheets you’ve asked for, and plenty of editing, but the science and humor are the same as the original.
Happy Chemical Poems - A free pdf of these poems here.
Dopamine makes you jump for joy
When you reach a goal or get a toy.
In nature, it helps you respond to food cues.
"Yippee! " Rewards cause your neurons to fuse.
Dopamine feels great so you try to get more.
It rewarded our ancestors' will to explore.
Cocaine triggers dopamine. Caution to all:
Joy without goal-seeking leads to a fall.
Serotonin swells your chest with pride
When you get respect and needn'thide.
You are still modest and don'tlike to boast.
But no serotonin flows when you coast.
You feel great when you boost yourself higher.
But when others do that, it provokes your ire.
"I don'tcare about status. It's other who do. "
But serotonin spurts when the limelight's on you
Oxytocin helps you trust your mates.
We love the bonds that it creates.
Oxytocin flows when you stick with the herd.
"Not me! " you may say, "I'm no bovine or bird. "
But without social bonds, your brain feels alarm.
Herds protected our ancestors from lethal harm.
Tho' the herd will annoy you, the pack hurt you so
When you run with a pack, oxytocin will flow.
"My pack is great and the other is nuts. "
Mammals felt this since their earliest struts.
Endorphin helps you mask the pain
Of injuries that you sustain.
Your ancestors survived from predator attack
Cause endorphin felt good as they ran back.
Endorphin receptors let opium in.
You feel like you're safe tho' you don'tlift a shin.
Exercise triggers it safely at home.
But only a workout that lasts €˜til you groan.
Laughing and crying trigger it too.
But just for an instant €“ then the job's thru.