5 Ways to Increase Your Joy from Loretta Breuning, PhD


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This week on the podcast, I'm continuing with my Summer Content Series with some great content from Loretta Breuning, PhD of the Inner Mammal Institute. Loretta is an author, podcaster and professor who helps people understand their inner mammal brains with Inner Mammal Method. From the website www.innermammalinstitute.org :

"The chemicals that make us feel good are inherited from earlier mammals (dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and endorphin). We control them with brain structures we’ve inherited from animals. This limbic system (the amygdala, hippocampus, pituitary, etc.) cannot process language, so it cannot tell you in words why it’s releasing a chemical. You can find you power over your happy chemicals when you understand the job they do in animals.

It’s hard because our brain is wired by early experience. We rely on old wiring because it’s so efficient. You can build new neural pathways to turn on your happy chemicals in new ways, and relieve your threat chemicals. It’s takes some effort, but anyone can do it with this step-by-step method."

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