Sneek a Peek – We’re on a path to a BEST SELLER

Happiness Hacks has been a pet project for YEARS.  We realized we had posted a lot of simple quick ways to increase feel-good neurochemistry.  Our goal has always been to share all the information we have on mental, emotional and physical well-being (not to mention amuse ourselves).

We had a brrrrrrriliant idea!  Compile all the information in a book and amuse ourselves by drawing pictures.

  First came the research to back up all the neuroscience . . . one year later . . . Amusement NOT.

Second came the pictures (they amused us and hope they amuse you)

Third came the formatting into a book (not so amusing) and another year later we gave up and Peggy put 12 of the hacks into a calendar – which is now available for 2021.

Fourth – 3 years later Peggy massaged the 21 hacks into a template on Kindle.  We sent out some free PDF’s to get feedback before making it public.  Take a LOOK!


Click here for Hack Your Way to Happiness, Kindle edition

Full disclosure:

  • NO one (not one person) was paid for their comments
  • NOT one of them is a relative of either Peggy or Judy
  • Each gave us permission to share!

P.P.S.  We are so stoked by the comments we are now compiling all 21 Hacks into a Workbook.  Stay tuned

Learn how falling water makes you happy!

“This piece is beyond brilliant!!!! Thank you for sharing this.”  Joshua Castillo, Parenting Coach & Early Childhood Consultant, Los Angeles Metropolitan Area 

 

 

Dopamine, Serotonin, Oxytocin & E The Happiness Quartet

Happiness Hack Stars

“This is great.  Clear, clever, and doable for most. Congratulations!”  Betty Rawlings, Director, Psychiatric Services, West Anaheim Medical Center, Ret.

“ I took a look, out of curiosity.  I wanted to see if there were any hacks I didn’t know about, and there was – being warm!  As someone who hot flashes constantly right now 🙂 I had to giggle when you said to embrace them!  Not exactly on my to-do list! Ha.  All in all, though, great book!  Love the playfulness of it, the graphics are great and of course the info is spectacular. “  Shannon Lambert , Parenting, pet, and lifestyle freelance writer

Can mowing the lawn

make you smile more?

“It’s holds some terrific thought provoking ideas and action evoking concepts. I’ve smiled at the pics and engaged with the thinking, thanks for putting this together.”

Lesley Forbes, Early Childhood Implementation Branch Manager at Department of Education and Training – Regional Victoria, Canada

“I loved it! Congratulations!!! 🤗”  Gabriela Rodriguez Campos, Parenting Coach

“You offer a lot of very easy to do hacks with all the scientific background for them with humor, encouragement and the cutest drawings! How could anyone try these hacks and not feel better? It was encouraging to hear that your brain doesn’t know the difference between what you’re thinking you might be able/want to do and actually being able to do it. What a novel concept that one doesn’t usually hear about.
My only caveat came from hack involving drinking hot sauce. Hope  no one takes in a deep breath when taking that drink!
This is a great book for almost all ages to help anyone help themselves to a better life.”

Barbara Coulter

Hacking our Way to . . . family harmony?

We’ve been posting Happiness Hacks from our coming book “Neuroscience – Hacking Your Way to Happiness”.  The book has been in process for 2 years and we want you to be happy NOW.  So we created a 2021 calendar with 12 of the 22 Happiness Hacks. 

Rick (Judy’s out-of-the-box-thinking brother) sent her a neurochemical hack for “curing her fibromyalgia funk”.   

We didn’t get it in time for the Hack Your Way to Happiness calendar so we’re sharing what Rick sent in this special post.  

Here are our questions:  

  1. Do you see the family resemblance?

 

2. Should we include Rick’s neurochemical “hack” in our book? 

“The active ingredient common to all alcoholic beverages is made by yeasts; microscopic, single-celled organisms that eat sugar and excrete carbon dioxide and ethanol, the only portable alcohol.”

“Ethanol has one very compelling property: it makes us feel good. Ethanol helps release serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins in the brain, chemicals that make us happy and less anxious.”

Remember!:

  • DRINK ON A FULL STOMACH (that doesn’t mean balancing a beer on your belly)   High-protein foods help slow the absorption of alcohol into the circulatory system and burn it off.
  • KEEP HYDRATED (with water, not wine).  Water improves the processing of brain chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine.
  • SIP IT SLOWLY (nothing to add, we just like the alliteration)  Your body absorbs alcohol quicker than you metabolize it. The faster you drink, the more time the toxins in booze spend in your body, affecting your brain and other tissues, and the bigger the hangover will be in the morning.
  • ONE PER HOUR (drinks, not miles)   Metabolism depends on several factors (gender, weight, age, health), but in general, most people can metabolize roughly one drink an hour.
  • ADD SOME ICE (we’re not referring to the Rapper)  Diluting alcohol with ice or water will increase your time between refills and decrease its effects on your body and brain. 
  • DON’T MIX ALCOHOL WITH DRUGS  Whether it’s flu medicine, painkillers, sleeping pills, antibiotics, prescription meds, antidepressants – you name it, it doesn’t matter.
  • Alcohol Packs on the Pounds (We’ve saved one of the worst for last)   Alcohol is calorie-dense.

Alcohol intake is for adults – 18 years and older but our Happiness Hacks Calendar  is G-rated

*P.S. We bought calendars for ourselves with a Zazzle discount coupon.  Make sure to check out the Zazzle specials.  Remember! Half of the 5% profit we make is donated to The Gentle Barn Animal Rescue Charity.

We’re not sure about fibromyalgia but for those of you who are planning to imbibe this New Years hopefully the hack won’t get you wacked.

Check out our other 2021 Calendar – Everthing I know About Men I learned from my Cat