What is the Effort-Driven Reward Circuit and Why You Should Care

Building a Life You Love- Life and Wellness Tips to Live Your Best Life

Feb 21 2024 • 18 mins

On today's podcast, Kristin shares how we can use our hands to create, or produce or be productive to improve our mood and live longer. She shares how using our hands activates our effort-driven rewards circuit.

And she shares why so many social media sites, dating apps, shopping apps, and our digital devices keep us mindlessly scrolling or why we end up binging a new tv show for hours.

If we want to feel better and take control over how we spend our time we've got to be intentional with how we use our devices and our hands.

Links to books:

Lifting Depression: A Neuroscientist's Hands-On Approach to Activating Your Brain's Healing Power by Kelly Lambert

Scarcity Brain: Fix Your Craving Mindset and Rewire Your Habits to Thrive with Enough

The Comfort Crisis: Embrace Discomfort To Reclaim Your Wild, Happy, Healthy Self

Mind Body Effect: How to Counteract the Harmful Effects of Stress (newer book by Dr. Herbert Benson)

Ignite Your Passion, Simplify Your Life and Deepen Your Faith, Master Your Mindset, Improve Your Health

Are you trying to design a life you love but get stuck in the what-ifs, and expectations and obligations in your life? Welcome to Building a Life You Love, a podcast dedicated to helping you step into a life where your passion blooms from within, your faith deepens and simplicity becomes your favorite synonym for everyday life. What is holding you back from designing a life you love. It's time to give yourself permission to step into a future that nourishes, renews, and supports you and What God Has for You.

Each week we'll dive into creating positive habits, stepping out of your comfort zone, making space for meaningful relationships and deepening your faith.

I share practical tips, uplifting guest conversations and expert guidance you can use.

We will focus on:

  • You CAN Change Your Life

- Simplifying Our Lives

- Slowing Down Our Pace

- Rediscovering Our Passion, Creativity & Curiosity

- Stepping into New Possibilities at Any Age

-Igniting Our Faith Fueled Dreams

- Cultivating Healthy Physical, Mental and Spiritual Practices

- Overcoming Fears and Limiting Beliefs

- Makeovers: Learning to Be Present, Calmer and Grateful

- Cultivating and Nurturing Our Friendships and Marriages

This is Your Life. Your One Life. How Will You Choose to Live It? I choose to celebrate those among us who stepped off the path of expectation and into a life that feels good on the inside and outside. If you are looking for a place to help you live a more joyful, peaceful life and to step into more ease and calm in your day you've come to the right place

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