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Can you train your brain to switch on happy chemicals and increase your feeling of well-being? It turns out you can. Your brain has a big job to do: ensuring your survival. When it sees something good for you, it shoots out those feel-good chemicals: dopamine, endorphin, oxytocin, and serotonin. But they don't last. They fizzle out and turn off. And once again, your brain is back to scanning the environment for danger.

So how do you keep more of those feel-good chemicals active? This book shows you how. The author takes you through an explanation of how and why your mammal brain works the way it does, why it creates unhappiness, how new experiences stimulate the happy guys, and how to rewire the brain through 45 days of new habits.

But first, you need to know which chemical you're lacking. Is it dopamine, that motivates you to get what you need? Is it endorphin, that allows you to ignore pain? Is it Oxytocin, that enables you to trust others and find safety in companionship? Or is it Serotonin, which motivates you to get respect? Once you know, you can use the tools in this book to balance and easily access all four chemicals.

Loretta Graziano Breuning is the founder of the Inner Mammal Institute, which provides resources that help people rewire their mammalian neurochemistry.
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Habits of a Happy Brain: Retrain Your Brain to Boost Your Serotonin, Dopamine, Oxytocin, & Endorphin Levels Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781440590504
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Published: Adams Media Corporation - December 16th, 2015

Touch of Light is a collection of essays originally published on the popular blog of the same title. Each chapter contains a jewel of wisdom and devotion based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, meant to speed the reader on their spiritual path. These inspiring meditations cover all aspects of life, including health, business, success, creativity, marriage, family, education, and spiritual development. The authors, who were close friends and students of Yogananda's disciple Swami Kriyananda and now act as Spiritual Directors of Ananda Sangha Worldwide, travel internationally sharing the teachings that have revolutionized their own lives, and those of many others. 

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ISBN: 9781565892965
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Published: Crystal Clarity Publishers - January 15th, 2016

Explore your inner artist through 150 empowering art prompts. This fully illustrated, interactive art journal is all about embracing change in many ways, and seeing it as a positive force. But you don't need to start big. Start small: change your perspective or change your lipstick; then move on to the bigger challenges like changing your attitude or your habits. Change is constant, change is inevitable, and change can be fun! Featuring 150 empowering art prompts and insightful quotes from leading thinkers and artists, this journal will engage and inspire you to think about change, and to embrace it rather than fear it.
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Change Your Life One Doodle at a Time: Creative Exploration from the Silly to the Serious Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781631590870
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Published: Quarry Books - November 1st, 2015

Are you overwhelmed by social media and technology? Are you feeling more and more disconnected from yourself and others as your life spirals into sensory overload?  If so, this book is for you. Here is the support you need to tune up--and tune into--your inner technology. From a background in meditation and yoga in India, to a position as Chief Evangelist for Brand Marketing in the "fast-paced, warp-speed, hyperinnovative environment that is Google," Gopi Kallayil needed to find balance between his outer and inner worlds. In a series of short essays, he shares with readers the principles for living a conscious life. You'll learn to "log in" through connection and engagement. You'll discover how to "clear out your in-box" through mindfulness techniques, and "optimize your system" through nutrition, sleep, and a one-minute trick to center your mind and body. "Just goggle it" is Gopi's way of saying take the leap and trust that what you need will come. And "thank you for subscribing" is his reminder to live with gratitude. He assures the reader that there's no need to unplug completely from the Internet or move to an ashram to reconnect with the inner you. Rather, he advises: "Take the time to friend yourself, listen to the tweet of your heartbeat, pay attention to the status update from your body, and respond to the urgent chat request from your brain."

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$24.99
ISBN: 9781401947729
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Published: Hay House, Inc. - October 5th, 2015

Paramhansa Yogananda, one of the best-loved spiritual teachers of modern times, offers step-by-step guidance to help you awaken your true potential. You'll discover the untold power hidden within you, and learn the daily steps to live life with greater joy and meaning. Yogananda rouses you to awaken your true nature, beginning by looking at the habits that hold you back and how best to change them. This priceless handbook is drawn from courses and articles he wrote in the 1920s and 1930s, and most of the material is not published elsewhere.

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$11.95
ISBN: 9781565892989
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Published: Crystal Clarity Publishers - January 15th, 2016

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