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Virus + Marriage :(

Many couples are battling over whether it’s safe to go out, and marriage therapist Dr. Susan Heitler gives me tips on how to deal with this.

THE HAPPY BRAIN PODCAST is a frank conversation between Loretta Breuning and a real reader of her book, Habits of a Happy Brain: Retrain your brain to boost your serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin and endorphin levels. Read the book and send your questions to Dr. Breuning on the contact form at the Inner Mammal Institute at: You may be a guest on the show yourself!

The brain chemicals that make us feel good are inherited from earlier mammals. They evolved to do a job, not to make you feel good all the time. When you know the job each chemical does in the state of nature, your ups and downs make sense. More important, you can re-wire yourself to enjoy more of them in sustainable ways.

It’s not easy, alas. Our brain is designed to release happy chemicals when you take steps that promote survival. But our brain defines survival in a quirky way: it cares about the survival of your genes and it relies on neural pathways built in youth. To make things even harder, our brain habituates to the rewards it has so you always have to do more to get more happy chemicals.

We are not born with survival skills like our animal ancestors. Each newborn human wires itself from its own early experience. Happy chemicals are like paving on your neural pathways, wiring you to repeat behaviors that made you feel good before. This is why our urgent motivations don’t make sense to our verbal brain. It’s not easy being mammal!

When you know how your brain works, you can find healthier ways to enjoy happy chemicals and relieve unhappy chemicals. You can build new neural pathways by feeding your brain new experiences. But you have to design the new experiences carefully and repeat them— a lot!

The Inner Mammal Institute has free resources to help you make peace with your inner mammal: videos, blogs, infographics, and podcasts. Dr. Breuning’s manyt books illuminate the big picture and help you plot your course. You can feel good in new ways, no matter where you are right now. Get the details at

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Spyro the Dragon & Gabagool w/ Tim Goergen & Nikki Simpson

Johnny sits down with Tim Goergen (ex-vocalist of Within the Ruins) and Nikki Simpson (tattoo artist & host if Ink Master Angels) in New York City to explore some of the pressures that come along with avoiding codependent patterns in a healthy relationship, finding new sources of creativity and happiness when the unexpected happens, and starting their own tattoo shop (EverBlack Tattoo Studio) moments before it’s shut down by a global pandemic.

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Derrick Dawson – Dismantling Racism Re-release

~We decided to re-release this episode because we couldn’t think of a better voice to head during this time. We have chosen to mute ourselves and support #amplifymelanatedvoices through June 7th. 

“We have inherited a system and there’s nothing we can do about it except acknowledge that and dismantle it. But if we don’t acknowledge it, then we are actually maintaining [it].” ~Derrick Dawson

A conversation that eloquently connects the dots between capitalism and systemic racism? Straight talk about our American way of life and the foundation of white supremacy upon which it was built? Yes, please, to both! 

Derrick Dawson, co-program coordinator of the Regional Organizing for Anti-Racism, aka Chicago Roar, sheds light on the myriad ways white supremacy continues to fester and flourish. Using the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as metaphor and proving ground, Derrick hits our collective compliance with his high-powered truth rays. He exposes us to the vicious strategies employed by corporations and power-brokers hell-bent on destroying our relationship to our planet, our communities, and ourselves. Once you see the light, I guarantee you won’t be able to look away.  

Derrick Dawson is a member of the AntiRacism Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, and served as its Co-Chair for three years. He is the Training Manager at the Chicago law firm of Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg in Chicago, and is a graduate student and teaching assistant in English Composition at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. Derrick was also a broadcaster and journalist in the United States Navy, where he served for eight years on ships in Asia and the Pacific.


For more information about antiracism resources, this is an excellent, though not exhaustive list: 


7 Virtual Mental Health Resources Supporting Black People Right Now


If you’d like to support other black healers who’ve appeared on this show you can listen to the following episodes and support their work:

Monika Black – 110

Lauren McBride – 98

Jade T. Perry – 66

Lisa Lackey – 58

Mishara Winston – 53

Jamila Kekulah Kinney – 38

VersAnnette Blackman – 34

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Sarah’s virtual speaking gig:

Tuesday, June 16, 1pm Central  

New Hampshire Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors Association – The Wounded Healer

Douglas Vermeeren: How Thoughts Become Things – TPS416

Douglas Vermeeren has personally interviewed business leaders and companies like Nike, Reebok, Fruit of the Loom, FedEx, American Airlines, United Airlines, Microsoft and many others to share their success secrets with you. ABC television and FOX Business refer to him as the modern-day Napoleon Hill. He is also the producer and director of three out of the top ten personal development movies ever made as well as the new film How Thoughts Become Things. Douglas has authored three books in the Guerrilla Marketing series. He is a regularly featured expert on FOX, CNN, ABC, NBC, CTV,  CBC, and others.


Doug tells us why he decided to interview business leaders and how doing so affected him.
Networking skills are really important and most people are playing a small game.
Ask people to introduce you to others.
Successful people like to help up-and-comers.
When you get an intuitive idea, you have to take action.
Success is doing what you love even when it’s hard.
We talk about the whole idea of thinking big.
Your net worth is not about money. What does your network value?
Your net worth does not equal your self-worth.
What we need more than motivation is momentum.
All habits become habits because they give us a return.
What “The Universe” means.
If you are in an expanding mode, you are being authentic.
We talk about what abundance is.
Money is never the root of money problems and does not guarantee happiness.
During the COVID episode, fear is keeping people from seeing possibilities.
All of our characteristics are being magnified during COVID.
There are a lot of changes that are being made in business and personal lives.
The movie How Thoughts Become Things tries to answer the “how” question.
Some people find value in negative experiences.
Top achievers don’t run from problems, they solve them.

Go to to see the movie.


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