Habits of a Happy Brain

Retrain Your Brain to Boost Your Serotonin, Dopamine, Oxytocin, & Endorphin Levels

Author: Loretta Graziano Breuning

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1440590516

Category: Self-Help

Page: 240

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A revolutionary approach to enhancing your happiness level! Get ready to boost your happiness in just 45 days! Habits of a Happy Brain shows you how to retrain your brain to turn on the chemicals that make you happy. Each page offers simple activities that help you understand the roles of your "happy chemicals"--serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin, and endorphin. You'll also learn how to build new habits by rerouting the electricity in your brain to flow down a new pathway, making it even easier to trigger these happy chemicals and increase feelings of satisfaction when you need them most. Filled with dozens of exercises that will help your reprogram your brain, Habits of a Happy Brain shows you how to live a happier, healthier life!
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The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care

Author: Anna Borges

Publisher: The Experiment

ISBN: 1615196110

Category: Self-Help

Page: 256

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Some days you need a pick-me-up, some days you need a life preserver. “For most of us,” writes Anna Borges, “self-care is a wide spectrum of decisions and actions that soothe and fortify us against all the shit we deal with.” You may already practice some form of self-care, whether it’s taking an extra-long shower after a stressful day, splurging on a ~fancy~ dinner, or choosing Netflix over that friend-of-a-friend’s birthday party. But when life gets so overwhelming that you want to stay in bed, some more radical care is crucial to maintain your sanity. The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care is here to help you exist in the world. Borges gathers over 200 tips, activities, and stories (from experts and everyday people alike) into an A-to-Z list—from asking for help and burning negative thoughts to the importance of touch and catching some Zzz’s. Make any day a little more OK with new skills in your self-care toolkit—and energy to show up for yourself.
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StressLess

Proven Methods to Reduce Stress, Manage Anxiety and Lift Your Mood

Author: Matthew Johnstone,Michael Player

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1472141040

Category: Self-Help

Page: 208

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If you're alive, you experience stress. It's just part of being human. For early man, stress helped us flee danger like a marauding mammoth, a hungry sabre-toothed tiger or an invading tribe. It literally helped us fight or flight. In modern society a little stress is useful, it keeps us energised and motivated to get things done, it helps us to turn up and be on time. Yet too much stress is harmful, and stress is sadly, at an all-time high. Unfortunately, it's almost impossible to avoid or substantially reduce stress in our lives. The things that make us stressed are the same things that always have: too much work, not enough time, financial woes, family needs, navigating difficult relationships - these familiar scenarios aren't likely to change. So if we can't change the things that cause us stress, we must change the way we interact with it. When we feel threatened or endangered in any way, our body and mind react accordingly. Unfortunately, these days our brain sees many 'threats', even if they're not actually a danger to us. This 'stress' is a major problem and is now considered to be a major precipitating factor in almost all major diseases. Yet if we're prepared to learn from it, stress can be a useful teacher. Coping with moderate amounts of stress builds a sense of mastery and it promotes resilience for life down the road. Stressed spelled backwards is Desserts. With that in mind; through this beautifully illustrated book from illustrator and speaker Matthew Johnstone and experienced clinician Michael Player, the hope is to turn one of the most unpleasant of human experiences into a sweet one.
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Tame Your Anxiety

Rewiring Your Brain for Happiness

Author: Loretta Graziano Breuning PhD

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1538117770

Category: Psychology

Page: 160

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Anxiety is natural. Calm is learned. If you didn’t learn yesterday, you can learn today. It’s not easy, of course. Once your natural alarm system is triggered, it’s hard to find the off switch. Indeed, you don’t have an off switch until you build one. Tame Your Anxiety shows you how. Readers learn about the brain chemicals that make us feel threatened and the chemicals that make us feel safe. You’ll see how your brain turns on these chemicals with neural pathways built from past experience, and, most important, you discover your power to build new pathways, to enjoy more happy chemicals, and reduce threat chemicals. This book does not tell you to imagine yourself on a tropical beach. That’s the last thing you want when you feel like a lion is chasing you. Instead, you will learn to ask your inner mammal what it wants and how you can get it. Each time you step toward meeting a survival need, you build the neural pathways that expect your needs to be met. You don’t have to wait for a perfect world to feel good. You can feel good right now. The exercises in this book help you build a self-soothing circuit in steps so small that anyone can do it. Once you learn how it’s done, and how it can help ease your anxiety, you will learn how to handle situations in which you feel threatened or anxious. Understanding the underlying mechanisms will help you stop them before they get ahead of you.
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Anxiety

What Turns It On. What Turns It Off.

Author: Loretta Breuning

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781941959107

Category:

Page: 90

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Nothing is wrong with you. Your brain is doing the job it evolved for: promoting your survival. It defines survival in a quirky way, alas, but you have the power to rewire it. This book helps you wire in a safety circuit to replace that old anxiety circuit. You can stop living with that siren blast of cortisol and enjoy serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin instead.
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How I Escaped from Political Correctness, and You Can Too

Author: Loretta Breuning

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781941959138

Category:

Page: 210

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I was politically correct for decades. Then one day I caught myself lying about a simple fact to make it sound more politically correct. It happened while I was lecturing to 150 students. I froze. Enough! In that moment, I decided to take back my brain. It cost me, but it had benefits too. Here is the story of how I came to question my political correctness, and how I learned to feel good and be good without it. You can too!
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