Everyone has experienced the way our feelings fluctuate day by day, and even hour by hour. Sometimes we're feeling up and sometimes we're feeling down.My guest today says these oscillations are a result of nature's operating system and that you can learn to better manage these emotional peaks and valleys. Her name is Loretta Breuning and she's the author of several books on happiness and the human brain, including her latest, Tame Your Anxiety: Rewiring Your Brain for Happiness. We begin our conversation by discussing the similarities between human brains and the brains of other mammals, and how our brains release happiness-producing chemicals like dopamine, oxytocin, and serotonin to spur us to seek rewards related to our survival needs. We also talk about the unhappy chemical of cortisol which is released in response to perceived threats, and the factors that have increased our stress and anxiety in the modern world. Loretta then explains that the boost we get whenever the brain's happy chemicals are activated doesn't last, and how we need to plan and execute healthy options for proactively stimulating these chemicals, including creating expectations for rewards and finding small, positive ways of increasing our status. We end our conversation with how to manage spikes of cortisol in yourself, as well as help other people manage their emotional troughs.
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I get this question a lot: “Did you start coming up with ideas because you were already successful?” I'll tell you WHY they ask this. Because people think "I need to pay my bills and THEN I'll change my life." That's backwards. I was dead broke and dead lonely when I started writing 10 ideas a day. It changed my life. Even the bad ones. So I still do it. Every single day. In this episode, I sit with Steve Cohen and go over yesterday's idea list ("10 Reality TV Show Ideas"). You'll see why ideas are infinite. And how bad ideas lead to the best ideas. I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast. Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify Follow me on Social Media: YouTube Twitter Facebook Linkedin InstagramSee omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Guest: Loretta Breuning, mammalian neurochemistry educator For this episode, I’m joined by Dr. Loretta Breuning, author and founder of the Inner Mammal Institute. I spoke with her at the Innovations in Recovery conference in San Diego, where she explained what research about animal brain chemistry can tell us about our own emotions and urges. She also shared how we can understand those neurochemicals, retrain our minds and make peace with our inner mammal. For more about Recovery Unscripted, visit http://recoveryunscripted.org For more about Inner Mammal Institute, visit http://innermammalinstitute.org Music from this episode: "Don't Look at Me Like That" by David Condos - URL: davidcondos.com "The Falls" by Podington Bear - URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Podington_Bear/Building/TheFalls - Composer: Chad Crouch "Frosted Glass" by Podington Bear - URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Podington_Bear/Positive/FrostedGlass - Composer: Chad Crouch "Ronny" by Alex Fitch - URL: URL: freemusicarchive.org/music/Alex_Fit…ola/Ronny_1253
Happy chemicals = the key to happiness. So I interviewed Dr. Loretta Breuning, author of “Meet Your Happy Chemicals,” “The Science of Positivity,” “I, Mammal,” and “Habits of a Happy Brain.” Show Notes: “Meet Your Happy Chemicals” by Loretta Breuning “The Science of Positivity” by Loretta Breuning “I, Mammal: How to Make Peace With the Animal Urge for Social Power” by Loretta Breuning “Habits of a Happy Brain” by Loretta Breuning “Anxiety: What turns it on. What turns it off” by Loretta Breuning Check out Loretta’s site, Inner Mammal Institute - designed to helps people build their power over their mammalian brain chemistry. Also, if you like this interview, go back and listen to my first interview with Loretta Breuning I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast. Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify Follow me on Social Media: Twitter Facebook Linkedin Instagram See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.