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Loretta Breuning Professor Emerita

Loretta G. Breuning, PhD, is Founder of the Inner Mammal Institute and Professor Emerita of Management at California State University, East Bay. She is the author of many personal development books, including Habits of a Happy Brain: Retrain Your Brain to Boost Your Serotonin, Dopamine, Oxytocin and Endorphin Levels.

As a teacher and a parent, she was not convinced by prevailing theories of human motivation. Then she learned about the brain chemistry we share with earlier mammals and everything made sense. She began creating resources that have helped thousands of people make peace with their inner mammal. Dr. Breuning's work has been translated into twelve languages and is cited in major media. Before teaching, she worked for the United Nations in Africa. Loretta gives zoo tours on animals behavior, after serving as a Docent at the Oakland Zoo. She is a graduate of Cornell University and Tufts. The Inner Mammal Institute offers videos, podcasts, books, blogs, multimedia, a training program, and a free five-day happy-chemical jumpstart. Details are available at InnerMammalInstitute.org.

Loretta is thrilled to have 3 grandchildren.

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How To Avoid Getting Sucked Into Other People’s Misery &Raquo; A5563Df86724D6292F60A07E6Fbb7030
How To Avoid Getting Sucked into Other People’s Misery

Here are 3 simple steps to feel good despite the inevitable negativity of family, friends, coworkers, and public affairs.The HAPPY BRAIN PODCAST helps you spark your happy brain chemicals in healthy w…

Here are 3 simple st…

Here are 3 simple steps to feel good despite the inevitable negativity of family, friends, coworkers, and public affairs.The HAPPY BRAIN PODCAST helps you spark your happy brain chemicals in healthy ways. Your host is Loretta G. Breuning PhD, founder of the Inner Mammal Institute and author of "Habits of a Happy Brain: Retrain your brain to boost your serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin and endorphin levels.” Details at: https://innermammalinstitute.org. Check out our new video course, Train Your Inner Mammal to Feel Good Now.(https://innermammalinstitute.org/course — 10% off with the code Rea…

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Ruthless Compassion &Raquo; A5563Df86724D6292F60A07E6Fbb7030
Ruthless Compassion

Dr. Sirota founded the Ruthless Compassion Institute to teach people to be “kind” instead of “nice,” because the latter is often dysfunctional. (https://marciasirotamd.com/ruthless-compassion-…

Dr. Sirota founded t…

Dr. Sirota founded the Ruthless Compassion Institute to teach people to be “kind” instead of “nice,” because the latter is often dysfunctional. (https://marciasirotamd.com/ruthless-compassion-institute)The HAPPY BRAIN PODCAST helps you spark your happy brain chemicals in healthy ways. Your host is Loretta G. Breuning PhD, founder of the Inner Mammal Institute and author of "Habits of a Happy Brain: Retrain your brain to boost your serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin and endorphin levels.” Details at: https://innermammalinstitute.org. Check out our new video course, Train Your Inner Mammal…

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When Students Don’t Engage &Raquo; A5563Df86724D6292F60A07E6Fbb7030
When Students Don’t Engage

A substitute teacher asks me how the inner-mammal perspective can help him manage the bad behavior he observes in the classroom.The HAPPY BRAIN PODCAST helps you spark your happy brain chemicals in he…

A substitute teacher…

A substitute teacher asks me how the inner-mammal perspective can help him manage the bad behavior he observes in the classroom.The HAPPY BRAIN PODCAST helps you spark your happy brain chemicals in healthy ways. Your host is Loretta G. Breuning PhD, founder of the Inner Mammal Institute and author of "Habits of a Happy Brain: Retrain your brain to boost your serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin and endorphin levels.” Details at: https://innermammalinstitute.org. Check out our new video course, Train Your Inner Mammal to Feel Good Now.(https://innermammalinstitute.org/course — 10% off with the c…

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Food Panaceas And Food Alarmism &Raquo; A5563Df86724D6292F60A07E6Fbb7030
Food Panaceas and Food Alarmism

“Fat Burning Man” chats with me about how we can wade through the avalanche of conflicting claims about food and wellness. (https://abeljames.com/fatburningman/)The HAPPY BRAIN PODCAST helps you s…

“Fat Burning Man…

“Fat Burning Man” chats with me about how we can wade through the avalanche of conflicting claims about food and wellness. (https://abeljames.com/fatburningman/)The HAPPY BRAIN PODCAST helps you spark your happy brain chemicals in healthy ways. Your host is Loretta G. Breuning PhD, founder of the Inner Mammal Institute and author of "Habits of a Happy Brain: Retrain your brain to boost your serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin and endorphin levels.” Details at: https://innermammalinstitute.org. Check out our new video course, Train Your Inner Mammal to Feel Good Now.(https://innermammalinstitu…

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If Your Therapist Isn'T Open To You &Raquo; A5563Df86724D6292F60A07E6Fbb7030
If Your Therapist Isn't Open to You

Andrew Hartz created the Open Therapy Institute to help people find therapists who respect their world view, and to help therapists respect people who are disparaged by their politicized credentialing…

Andrew Hartz created…

Andrew Hartz created the Open Therapy Institute to help people find therapists who respect their world view, and to help therapists respect people who are disparaged by their politicized credentialing programs.. https://www.opentherapyinstitute.orgThe HAPPY BRAIN PODCAST helps you spark your happy brain chemicals in healthy ways. Your host is Loretta G. Breuning PhD, founder of the Inner Mammal Institute and author of "Habits of a Happy Brain: Retrain your brain to boost your serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin and endorphin levels.” Details at: https://innermammalinstitute.org. Check out our ne…

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Pakistani Doctor On Lifestyle Diseases &Raquo; A5563Df86724D6292F60A07E6Fbb7030
Pakistani Doctor on Lifestyle Diseases

Dr. Attia Ansari tells me how her patients in Pakistan "just want a pill” instead of working to improving their wellbeing and lifestyle. Here’s the Emotional Eating link that was mentioned.The H…

Dr. Attia Ansari tel…

Dr. Attia Ansari tells me how her patients in Pakistan "just want a pill” instead of working to improving their wellbeing and lifestyle. Here’s the Emotional Eating link that was mentioned.The HAPPY BRAIN PODCAST helps you spark your happy brain chemicals in healthy ways. Your host is Loretta G. Breuning PhD, founder of the Inner Mammal Institute and author of "Habits of a Happy Brain: Retrain your brain to boost your serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin and endorphin levels.” Details at: https://innermammalinstitute.org. Check out our new video course, Train Your Inner Mammal to Feel Good N…

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Your Power Over Your Attention &Raquo; A5563Df86724D6292F60A07E6Fbb7030
Your Power Over Your Attention

Nir Eyal explains his model for becoming “indistractable” instead of feeling overwhelmed by external stimuli. (nirandfar.com)The HAPPY BRAIN PODCAST helps you spark your happy brain chemicals in h…

Nir Eyal explains hi…

Nir Eyal explains his model for becoming “indistractable” instead of feeling overwhelmed by external stimuli. (nirandfar.com)The HAPPY BRAIN PODCAST helps you spark your happy brain chemicals in healthy ways. Your host is Loretta G. Breuning PhD, founder of the Inner Mammal Institute and author of "Habits of a Happy Brain: Retrain your brain to boost your serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin and endorphin levels.” Details at: https://innermammalinstitute.org. Check out our new video course, Train Your Inner Mammal to Feel Good Now.(https://innermammalinstitute.org/course — 10% off with the co…

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Wiring In Your “Wise Advocate&Quot; &Raquo; A5563Df86724D6292F60A07E6Fbb7030
Wiring In Your “Wise Advocate"

The founder of Myelin Leadership tells me how he teaches people to find their child circuits and rewire them into “wise advocate” circuits.The HAPPY BRAIN PODCAST helps you spark your happy brain …

The founder of Myeli…

The founder of Myelin Leadership tells me how he teaches people to find their child circuits and rewire them into “wise advocate” circuits.The HAPPY BRAIN PODCAST helps you spark your happy brain chemicals in healthy ways. Your host is Loretta G. Breuning PhD, founder of the Inner Mammal Institute and author of "Habits of a Happy Brain: Retrain your brain to boost your serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin and endorphin levels.” Details at: https://innermammalinstitute.org. Check out our new video course, Train Your Inner Mammal to Feel Good Now.(https://innermammalinstitute.org/course — 10% o…

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A Biofeedback Rewiring Device &Raquo; A5563Df86724D6292F60A07E6Fbb7030
A BioFeedback Rewiring Device

I’m skeptical of magic bullets, but my guest helps people strap on a device that trains you to change your brainwaves, and it sounds reasonable. (https://www.neuroflex.tech)The HAPPY BRAIN PODCAST h…

I’m skeptical of m…

I’m skeptical of magic bullets, but my guest helps people strap on a device that trains you to change your brainwaves, and it sounds reasonable. (https://www.neuroflex.tech)The HAPPY BRAIN PODCAST helps you spark your happy brain chemicals in healthy ways. Your host is Loretta G. Breuning PhD, founder of the Inner Mammal Institute and author of "Habits of a Happy Brain: Retrain your brain to boost your serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin and endorphin levels.” Details at: https://innermammalinstitute.org. Check out our new video course, Train Your Inner Mammal to Feel Good Now.(https://innermamm…

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War And Mammals &Raquo; A5563Df86724D6292F60A07E6Fbb7030
War And Mammals

My guest is a Ukrainian-Israeli who just read my book and is putting it into practice right now.The HAPPY BRAIN PODCAST helps you spark your happy brain chemicals in healthy ways. Your host is Loretta…

My guest is a Ukrain…

My guest is a Ukrainian-Israeli who just read my book and is putting it into practice right now.The HAPPY BRAIN PODCAST helps you spark your happy brain chemicals in healthy ways. Your host is Loretta G. Breuning PhD, founder of the Inner Mammal Institute and author of "Habits of a Happy Brain: Retrain your brain to boost your serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin and endorphin levels.” Details at: https://innermammalinstitute.org. Check out our new video course, Train Your Inner Mammal to Feel Good Now.(https://innermammalinstitute.org/course — 10% off with the code ReaderDiscount at the checkout…

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Training: How Much Is Too Much? &Raquo; A5563Df86724D6292F60A07E6Fbb7030
Training: How Much Is Too Much?

My guest was an elite athlete until she trained too much, and her story can help you make good decisions about whatever you’re training for.The HAPPY BRAIN PODCAST helps you spark your happy brain c…

My guest was an elit…

My guest was an elite athlete until she trained too much, and her story can help you make good decisions about whatever you’re training for.The HAPPY BRAIN PODCAST helps you spark your happy brain chemicals in healthy ways. Your host is Loretta G. Breuning PhD, founder of the Inner Mammal Institute and author of "Habits of a Happy Brain: Retrain your brain to boost your serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin and endorphin levels.” Details at: https://innermammalinstitute.org. Check out our new video course, Train Your Inner Mammal to Feel Good Now.(https://innermammalinstitute.org/course — 10% of…

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Urge Surfing &Raquo; A5563Df86724D6292F60A07E6Fbb7030
Urge Surfing

The author of No Willpower Required tells me about strategies that worked for him after years of alcohol dependence. (hardenbrook.com/no-willpower-required)The HAPPY BRAIN PODCAST helps you spark your…

The author of No Wil…

The author of No Willpower Required tells me about strategies that worked for him after years of alcohol dependence. (hardenbrook.com/no-willpower-required)The HAPPY BRAIN PODCAST helps you spark your happy brain chemicals in healthy ways. Your host is Loretta G. Breuning PhD, founder of the Inner Mammal Institute and author of "Habits of a Happy Brain: Retrain your brain to boost your serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin and endorphin levels.” Details at: https://innermammalinstitute.org. Check out our new video course, Train Your Inner Mammal to Feel Good Now.(https://innermammalinstitute.org/cou…

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How To Guide Your Inner Horse &Raquo; A5563Df86724D6292F60A07E6Fbb7030
How to Guide Your Inner Horse

A horse expert tells me how she guides the animal, and it’s amazingly relevant to guiding our inner mammal.The HAPPY BRAIN PODCAST helps you spark your happy brain chemicals in healthy ways. Your ho…

A horse expert tells…

A horse expert tells me how she guides the animal, and it’s amazingly relevant to guiding our inner mammal.The HAPPY BRAIN PODCAST helps you spark your happy brain chemicals in healthy ways. Your host is Loretta G. Breuning PhD, founder of the Inner Mammal Institute and author of "Habits of a Happy Brain: Retrain your brain to boost your serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin and endorphin levels.” Details at: https://innermammalinstitute.org. Check out our new video course, Train Your Inner Mammal to Feel Good Now.(https://innermammalinstitute.org/course — 10% off with the code ReaderDiscount at…

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Why You’re Unhappy: Biology Vs Politics &Raquo; A5563Df86724D6292F60A07E6Fbb7030
Why You’re Unhappy: Biology vs Politics

My new book shows why unhappiness is a natural brain function, and how politics transformed it into a disease. (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CGTNQHGZ) You’ve been told that happiness is the natural d…

My new book shows wh…

My new book shows why unhappiness is a natural brain function, and how politics transformed it into a disease. (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CGTNQHGZ) You’ve been told that happiness is the natural default state, but that’s bad biology and it also undermines your quest for happiness in the long run.Check out my new video course, Train Your Inner Mammal to Feel Good Now https://innermammalinstitute.org/course Get 10% off with the code ReaderDiscount at the checkout. You will learn to rewire your happy chemicals with small simple steps!Check out video clips from this episode and others here: …

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A Therapist'S View Of Mental Fitness &Raquo; A5563Df86724D6292F60A07E6Fbb7030
A Therapist's View of Mental Fitness

Dr. Susan Hickman tells me why she created the Mental Fitness Institute, as we compare and contrast our darker days.Check out my new video course, Train Your Inner Mammal to Feel Good Now https://inne…

Dr. Susan Hickman te…

Dr. Susan Hickman tells me why she created the Mental Fitness Institute, as we compare and contrast our darker days.Check out my new video course, Train Your Inner Mammal to Feel Good Now https://innermammalinstitute.org/course Get 10% off with the code ReaderDiscount at the checkout. You will learn to rewire your happy chemicals with small simple steps!Check out video clips from this episode and others here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1hyR2RHXp04OmVhFUKNh81FT5gffvplqIf you like The Happy Brain Podcast, please rate and review it to help others make peace with their inner mammal.TH…

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Children Are More Impressionable Than You Realize &Raquo; A5563Df86724D6292F60A07E6Fbb7030
Children Are More Impressionable Than You Realize

Check out my new video course, Train Your Inner Mammal to Feel Good Now https://innermammalinstitute.org/courseGet 10% off with the code ReaderDiscount at the checkout. You will learn to rewire your h…

Check out my new vid…

Check out my new video course, Train Your Inner Mammal to Feel Good Now https://innermammalinstitute.org/courseGet 10% off with the code ReaderDiscount at the checkout. You will learn to rewire your happy chemicals with small simple steps!Check out video clips from this episode and others here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1hyR2RHXp04OmVhFUKNh81FT5gffvplqIf you like The Happy Brain Podcast, please rate and review it to help others make peace with their inner mammal.THE HAPPY BRAIN PODCAST helps you blaze new trails to your dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and endorphin. My guests are …

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The Lonely Entrepreneur &Raquo; A5563Df86724D6292F60A07E6Fbb7030
The Lonely Entrepreneur

My guest coaches entrepreneurs who dare to leave the cave to find something new, but how does their inner mammal find the courage?Check out my new video course, Train Your Inner Mammal to Feel Good No…

My guest coaches ent…

My guest coaches entrepreneurs who dare to leave the cave to find something new, but how does their inner mammal find the courage?Check out my new video course, Train Your Inner Mammal to Feel Good Now https://innermammalinstitute.org/course Get 10% off with the code ReaderDiscount at the checkout. You will learn to rewire your happy chemicals with small simple steps!Check out video clips from this episode and others here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1hyR2RHXp04OmVhFUKNh81FT5gffvplqIf you like The Happy Brain Podcast, please rate and review it to help others make peace with their i…

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Learning A Foreign Language &Raquo; A5563Df86724D6292F60A07E6Fbb7030
Learning a Foreign Language

Many people get frustrated in their efforts to wire in a new language, so I discuss the challenge with Michael Waite, who teaches English in Japan. Check out my new video course, Train Your Inner Mamm…

Many people get frus…

Many people get frustrated in their efforts to wire in a new language, so I discuss the challenge with Michael Waite, who teaches English in Japan. Check out my new video course, Train Your Inner Mammal to Feel Good Now https://innermammalinstitute.org/courseGet 10% off with the code ReaderDiscount at the checkout. You will learn to rewire your happy chemicals with small simple steps!Check out video clips from this episode and others here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1hyR2RHXp04OmVhFUKNh81FT5gffvplqIf you like The Happy Brain Podcast, please rate and review it to help others make p…

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