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Meet Your Happy Chemicals: Dopamine, Endorphin, Oxytocin, Serotonin

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  344 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
You can enjoy more happy chemicals if you know what turns them on. In the state of nature, happy chemicals turn on to meet survival needs. Whatever met your needs in youth triggered happy chemicals and paved your neural pathways. You are wired to seek more of whatever felt good before. You can re-wire yourself by repeating a new behavior for 45 days. This book helps you ...more
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Published February 14th 2012 by Createspace (first published February 12th 2012)
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Jul 04, 2012 Kristina rated it liked it
*** I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads ***
** The Giveaway was Listed By Loretta (the author) **
* I received my copy on Mon, Jun 18 2012 *


First off, I would like to note that 3 stars does in fact mean "I liked it." Also, I spent a year and a half of my early college education on eight different psychology classes, and a number of philosophy classes, so I had a good base knowledge of brain chemistry and different ideas of thought
Deb Wilson
I desperately wanted to love this book. I really did. But it was a massive disappointment in pretty much every area. The writing was filled with spelling, grammatical, and punctuation errors, making it nearly unreadable. Add in that the author seemed to have an extremely limited vocabulary of about 200 different words, and this book was a long, dragging nightmare to finish.

The information is interesting, but the presentation is absolutely horrible.
Fato Al-jawad
Dec 21, 2014 Fato Al-jawad rated it it was amazing
Very interesting! I loved it. I bought this book in order to learn more about the role of dopamine and other neurochemicals in our brain. It was really interesting to know that our emotions and behaviors are all shaped from early age based on our experiences and thats how our brain interrupted everything. Chapter 5 was my favorite and defiantly will read it again and use it as guid. I highly recommend this book.
Dana Mohamad
Jul 26, 2016 Dana Mohamad rated it really liked it
“Some people have no experience making themselves happy because they grew up in a world in which other people took responsibility for their happiness. Some parents live to please their children and never please themselves. Their children learn to expect others to please them, and they don’t learn to please themselves. When they’re unhappy, they are sure someone else messed up."
Alaeddin Hallak
The key message in this book:

Happiness isn’t arbitrary. Rather, it’s rooted in natural, chemical processes in your brain – processes that were developed long before even the evolution of mankind! But that doesn’t mean you are powerless to determine your own happiness.
Apr 18, 2015 Kar rated it really liked it
Meet Your Happy Chemicals: Dopamine, Endorphin, Oxytocin, SerotoninLoretta Graziano BreuningMeet Your Happy Chemicals: Dopamine, Endorphin, Oxytocin, SerotoninI found this to be an very interesting book and I found directions for answers to life questions like " Why cant we afford to be happy all the time" ., etc.
The topic is a complex topic and the author has done a good job 'dumbing' it down for beginners to understand. The things I feel that could be bettered are the spelling and the puncutat
Nov 30, 2012 Kai rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Breuning combines common anecdotes with science to reveal that how we feel and what we do isn't always our fault. Throughout the piece, Breuning reassures that as human beings we are complicated, and even with the definitive roles of these neurochemicals, the way they are used are as unique as our life experiences. This isn't a self-help book, as much as it is a book on self-awareness and utilizing this new found knowledge to better utilize your happy chemicals to your own advantage. Breuning ...more
Dec 05, 2012 Elyse rated it it was amazing

Its a book to go back ...."and take the challenge" (so to speak).

The book feels so 'raw' truthful...
Its a book that I'm sure can make a huge difference in people's lives.

I also happen to think it would be fantastic to have the author lead a workshop (maybe online?) ---or at least have a supportive buddy to apply some of the wonderful suggestions in this book.

I also was very moved by the Authors Personal Story at the end of the book (I realize I could relate somewhat....little differe
Girl Well Read
Aug 12, 2016 Girl Well Read rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads, reviewed
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

This book was just okay for me. I really wanted to like it, but like other reviewers, I just couldn't get into it. The introduction was very weak and didn't grab my attention. It read like an essay, for example "This book will..." and I found "The Chapters Ahead" section irrelevant.

There was some really good information but the presentation wasn't great and the writing was basic which didn't lend itself to the robust topics. The sente
Nov 18, 2012 Marisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This book is really different from anything I've read before. While decidedly scientific in tone (which I thoroughly enjoyed), the information can be applied to thinking habits to improve brain function. So in addition to lots of science, there is a practical angle as well.
The author outlines four major chemicals released in the brain that control mood - endorphin, dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin. She explains the roles of each and how they work, as well as the structure of the brain and chemi
Sunil Varma
Apr 13, 2016 Sunil Varma rated it liked it
A very interesting read, the books try to explain in a very simple terms what makes us happy. It helps us understand the underlying motivation for an evolutionary being to be happy and it helps us demystify happiness.

The author writes with insight and intelligence without complicating or digressing from the main topic of the book. The book has it own issues in the form of typos, the language sometimes is too repetitive and the language sometimes is very hmm... unexciting, but that can be just m
Philip Watson
Jul 31, 2015 Philip Watson rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
I learned a lot about what chemicals in the brain are responsible for happiness, and this gave me a new outlook on some habits I've had which at first seemed unconnected, like being addicted to eBay , video games, and drinking beer, which all turn out to be just dopamine rushes. Theres good advice here for turning those bad habits around, which trigger happy chemicals but have bad side effects, into more healthy ones that still trigger the happy chemicals but don't have the bad consequences. For ...more
Jun 06, 2015 Cynthia rated it it was amazing
I have been reading about "happiness" and "fun" for about 15 years, ever since a really low point in my life. This just may be the most important book I have ever read, period, because now I have a model that fits exactly with my ups and downs and a clear understanding of how to manage and even steer them successfully. IN PARTICULAR, her theory that "status" (essentially [as I understand the author] exercising control over how you're treated) is the opposite of depression was a eureka moment for ...more
Jul 09, 2012 Linda rated it liked it
My sister received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads and loaned it to me.

I am interested in neurochemistry and neurobiology. I have read about these topics in science journals and magazines. Information on these chemicals is presented at an introductory level in an easy-to-read style in the Introduction. The author includes graphics and charts to illustrate her points.

Later chapters cover more on recognizing the effects of the happy and unhappy chemicals, and building new pathway
Melanie Kirdasi
Dec 04, 2013 Melanie Kirdasi rated it it was amazing
Very simply but effectively explained. This book cuts through the chase and outlines what would be lengthy reading on neurobiology that would be hard to translate into a conversation with anyone unfamiliar with the subject. I am studying biopsychology and neuroscience and found the book to be very useful as it is formatted in a reader friendly style. This is a good book to recommend to others - an owners manual for the brain.
D. Dalton
Oct 04, 2012 D. Dalton rated it really liked it
I won a free copy of this book through a goodreads giveaway.

I very much liked the subject matter of the book. Yes, there are a few typos, but we all make those. I did not find them distracting from the subject matter.

I found it easy to read and not heavy-handed or sitting on a high horse like one might expect a phD to write. It was simple to understand which is what people probably need to be able to help break their bad habits.
Nov 04, 2013 Natalie rated it really liked it
Meet Your Happy Chemicals really makes you think about what your body tells you and why. When your body is unhappy it connects the neural pathways you made at a one point to obtain happy chemicals. The book also explains how happy and unhappy chemicals are triggered, and how you can help the brain connect new paths to obtain the happy chemicals. I learned a lot about the brain and how it works and I hope you do as well
Alejandro Crespo
Dec 10, 2012 Alejandro Crespo rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed readimg this book, it is educational, and the information in the book can help you in life, it is a book for everyone do not think is only for science lovers. with my background been in the wcience field I was intrigue to learn aboit the neueoxhemixals of contentment, however I found more than that. I had a new task of proving the teachings in the book. I recommend it. Thank You for sending it to me by mail. ( sweepstakes)
Mario Adame
Apr 02, 2014 Mario Adame rated it it was amazing
The author has a deep passion and a very extensive educational expert in the top of our human brain. This book is simplified and I appreciate the insight on all aspect of our human chemicals. I will definitely recommend this book for 16 year olds and above. Overall, the book flows quite easily and I looked forward to reading page by page.
Jun 09, 2016 Hannah added it
Shelves: never-finished
This book is awesome so far, It puts things into terms that i understand and want to find out more about. I have only just finished the introduction so I'm not very far into it but I can tell that I will finish this book quick!
Feb 06, 2013 Hildegart rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
First reads book. I received this book earlier in the week and am looking forward to reading it. I have a mood disorder and this book looks like it can give me a different perception to consider. I loaned the book to my sister.
David Kolb
Nov 20, 2015 David Kolb rated it really liked it
Very interesting for anyone who knows very little about neuroscience. (Like me)
It was a little more self help book then I was expecting but it will give you a useful lenses through which to view yourself. And others.
Les Howie
Sep 08, 2014 Les Howie rated it liked it
Shelves: science
An interesting approach to understanding and approaching self-improvement through an understanding of brain chemistry. The writing is very clean and accessible at no more than a high school reading level. The ideas make sense, and I will try some of the techniques.
Feb 25, 2013 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Very interesting. Shame this is only a sample of the book! I shall have to read the full version of this. !!!
Has made me aware of many things that will help me in my life...
Uri Baruchin
Mar 24, 2014 Uri Baruchin rated it really liked it
A useful introduction, as long you remember some of the simplified scientific concepts here have been questioned to begin with.
Still, quite life-affirming in its own way.
Renaldo Horn
Dec 10, 2013 Renaldo Horn rated it really liked it
The science behind being happy and also some background on being unhappy. A little simple but things are often better that way.
May 30, 2014 Sophia rated it it was ok
I just want to let anyone thinking of reading this book that it's a self help book. I wasn't expecting (nor wanted it) to be, so I was very disappointed.
Aug 06, 2015 Elizabeth marked it as to-read
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Loretta Graziano Breuning, PhD is founder of the Inner Mammal Institute, which helps people get the best from their mammal brain. As Professor of Management at California State University, and as a mom, she learned to question the presumption that happiness is our natural default state. She learned from studying animals that unhappiness is part of our survival system, and happiness is a learned ...more
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“Each happy chemical triggers a different good feeling. Dopamine produces the joy of finding what you seek– the “Eureka! I got it!” feeling. Endorphin produces the oblivion that masks pain– often called “euphoria.” Oxytocin produces the feeling of being safe with others– now called “bonding.” And serotonin produces the feeling of being respected by others–“pride.” 4 likes
“Many people stimulate that good serotonin feeling by trying to rescue others. Feeling like a hero is a reliable way to stimulate your serotonin. But the good feeling soon passes and you have to rescue again. Sometimes rescuers reward bad behavior in others because they are so eager to rescue.” 2 likes
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