Hear Loretta Breuning’s own podcast at: HappyBrainPodcast.com
Ep. 61 Tame Your Anxious Brain, with Loretta Breuning Ph.D.
Loretta Breuning, Ph.D. is a Professor Emerita of management at California State University, and author of the science of positivity, habits of a happy brain, and tame your anxiety. “As a teacher and a mom, I was not convinced by prevailing theories of human motivation. Then I learned about the brain chemistry of animals, and everything made sense.
Ep. 126 – Breaking Bad Habits + The Science of Being Happy with Loretta Breuning
Ep.177 – Dr. Loretta Breuning
Elle Russ chats with Loretta Breuning, PhD, founder of the Inner Mammal Institute, which helps people manage the brain chemicals we’ve inherited from our earliest ancestors. She’s author of Habits of a Happy Brain: Retrain Your Brain to Boost Your Serotonin, Dopamine, Oxytocin and Endorphin Levels, and The Science of Positivity: Stop Negative Thought Patterns By Changing Your Brain Chemistry.
Your Brain Chemicals with Loretta Breuning
Loretta Breuning: Study of the brain chemicals in animals and finding correlations in order to help us understand our brains more. Life is complicated, Loretta found that many children struggled in school in a similar way, mainly a lack of motivation. A motivation to do things that aren’t necessarily fun.
How To Train Your Brain To Go Positive Instead Of Negative
Our brain is not designed to create happiness, as much as we wish it were so. Our brain evolved to promote survival. It saves the happy chemicals (dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin) for opportunities to meet a survival need, and only releases them in short spurts which are quickly metabolized. This motivates us to keep taking steps that stimulate our happy chemicals.
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expert tips for hacking your happy hormones
Loretta Breuning grew up around a lot of unhappiness, but couldn’t figure out why. To try to find out, she avidly read up on psychology, alongside raising two children and working as a professor in management at California State University. “I thought that, if I followed the research, it would make everybody happy all the time,” she says.
You Asked: Is It Bad for You to Read the News Constantly?
More than half of Americans say the news causes them stress, and many report feeling anxiety, fatigue or sleep loss as a result, the survey shows. Yet one in 10 adults checks the news every hour, and fully 20% of Americans report “constantly” monitoring their social media feeds—which often exposes them to the latest news headlines, whether they like it or not.
5 Happiness Hacks That Take 5 Minutes Or Less
Loretta Graziano Breuning, founder of Inner Mammal Institute and author of “Habits of a Happy Brain,” believes that humans can essentially rewire their brains. How so? By understanding that we have certain “happy chemicals” that were inherited from earlier mammals — and using that knowledge to develop habits that turn those chemicals on.