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Unlock Happiness: Discover the Four Centers in the Brain

January 08, 2023

Unlock Happiness: Discover the Four Centers in the Brain
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The podcast "What Makes You Happy with Jake Pearson" discusses happiness and interviews guests on what makes them happy. Today's guest is Victoria Rader, a possibility coach and founder of YU2SHINE. She shares that the same hormones that make everyone happy (serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin, and anandamide) make her happy and mentions that her pets and playing tennis are things that trigger those hormones. She also mentions the concept of "four centers in the brain" that need to be activated to be happy, which was discussed in a conversation between Desmond Tutu and Dalai Lama. The four centers are: center for being present, center for processing positive emotion, center for releasing negative emotion, and center for generosity. Victoria suggests to ask yourself which center you struggle with and start there to unblock happiness. She mentions that she has created a video on YouTube that activates these centers for happiness.

In the podcast, Victoria Rader, a Possibility Coach and founder of YU2SHINE, shares her insights on what brings her happiness and how she has learned to cultivate it in her own life. She emphasizes the importance of mindfulness and generosity in finding true happiness, and encourages listeners to take the time to reflect on what truly brings them joy and fulfillment.

Victoria also discusses the 4 centres of joy and its connection in her own happiness, and how she incorporates these elements into her daily life.

Tune in for valuable insights and tips for anyone looking to increase their own happiness and live a more fulfilling life.

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Podcast Summary: 


  • Introduction of the podcast "What Makes You Happy" with host Jake Pearson


  • Victoria Rader, a possibility coach and the founder of YU2SHINE, joins the podcast


  • Victoria mentions that her pets are the primary source of happiness in her life


  • Tennis and connection with her team, as well as seeing people experience miracles, also make Victoria happy


  • Victoria talks about the concept of four centers in the brain that need to be activated for happiness, which she learned from a conversation between Desmond Tutu and Dalai Lama.


  • Victoria mentions that she has created a free video to activate the four centers and help people find happiness.


Happiness, Possibility Coach, Serotonin, Dopamine, Oxytocin, Anandamide, Four Centers in the Brain, Present Center, Positive Emotion Center, Negative Emotion Center, Generosity Center, Desmond Tutu, Dalai Lama, Mental Health, Brain Function, Emotional Well-being, Emotional Intelligence, Self-Improvement, Mindfulness, Personal Growth, Positive Thinking, Mindset, Spirituality, Neuroscience, Mental Health Awareness, Personal Development, Mental Fitness, Emotional Healing, Mental Health Education, Empowerment.


Jake Pearson  00:00

Are you trying to figure out the secret to happiness? We're here at what makes you happy with Jake Are you trying to figure out the secret to happiness? We're here at What Makes You Happy with Jake Pearson. We want to make that happiness more accessible for you in your life. So stick around as we interview everyday people, inspirational leaders and your favorite celebrities on what makes them happy.

Disclaimer! This podcast discusses mental health. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you're struggling with your mental health, please remember it's okay to ask for help and seek the appropriate help through a qualified health care professional. 


Welcome back to the podcast where we ask the question what makes you happy. 


My name is Jake Pearson. And today we have with us a possibility coach and the founder of YU2SHINE, who empowers people to turn their hidden possibilities into achievable opportunities. We have Victoria Rader from Springfield, Virginia, USA. How are you? 


Victoria Rader  00:59

I am happy. I'm happy to be here.


Jake Pearson  01:03

That is what we want to hear. Thank you for having time to come and share what makes you happy. Would you mind starting with what makes you happy, Victoria?


Victoria Rader  01:12

Yeah, biologically, boringly the same hormones that make everybody happy make me happy. Serotonin, dopamine, a little bit of oxytocin, and occasional anandamide. So yeah, but in terms of how those hormones are triggered is, number one, my pets, I am an animal person, I have three dogs and a cat. And just before we chatted, I was cuddling with my cat who was purring, you know, and when I'm feeling down, I'm gonna go snuggle with a pup and allow the oxytocin flow. And that makes me really happy. So that would be my number one what makes me happy quickly go to... 


Jake Pearson  01:54

What are some of the other things that make you happy outside of snuggling with your pets?


Victoria Rader  01:59

Yeah, I am a competitive tennis player. So competing and playing tennis, you know, physiologically, yes, endorphins are flowing, but also love to grow and get better. So I have an amazing tennis coach. I love that. I love, love, love playing tennis, I have an amazing team, great girl. So connection to my team makes me happy. And what makes me emotionally happy and fulfilled, is seeing how people like care for where they this closest family members or my clients, experiencing miracles, anything that they deem to be miraculous. I think that makes me happy to a point of choking up.


Jake Pearson  02:39

Beautiful. Well, thank you for sharing a little bit about what makes you happy. From your experience, what would you say to our audience, our listeners who are struggling to find a little bit of their own happiness in their life?


Victoria Rader  02:52

Yeah, you know, years ago, I've have come up upon one line that kind of blew my mind away. And that was in a conversation between Desmond Tutu and Dalai Lama. And Desmond Tutu said, 


"You know, there have been some research that said that we have to have four centers in our brain to be activated that make us happy. 


  • It's the Center for being you know, how to be present. 



  • The Center for being able to process positive emotion. 



  • The Center for releasing negative emotion. 



  • And the Center for generosity." 



So actually, you know, I've put so much passion into studying that and developing ways to activate those centers. So if somebody's struggling with finding happiness, I'd say ask yourself a question which one of those four you struggle with? And start right there? Is it harder for you to be in the moment? Well, maybe you can build a more generous if you're miserable right now? Do you have three bucks, go find somebody and treat them to a surprise, or put the three bucks in an envelope and save from universe to you and see what generosity does as a very practical happiness. Or maybe get help knowing how to process positive emotions? Or better yet, go and forgive somebody to let go of negative stuff. 


So yeah, those are the tips for where you are, you can find what blocks your happiness, and then unblock it by activating one of those.

Jake Pearson  04:14

What was the concept called again to our audience can go and research that... Was it the same sentence [phonetic 04:21]?


Victoria Rader  04:21

So you know, here's the great irony, Jake. I couldn't find anything. The book is called "The Book of Joy" and it is by Desmond Tutu, and there's one liner, so 10 years, okay, PhD and metaphysical studies, and have all kinds of energy modalities. I've actually created a free video, no strings attached on YouTube, that activates those four centers. So if anybody wants to know what I will be happy to send it to you to send it on to them. They'll watch it in the privacy of their own home. It'll open those happiness centers for them and nobody has to know they can just be secretly happy.


Jake Pearson  05:02

Absolutely. We'll leave that resource in the podcast episode description below. Victoria, it's been an absolute pleasure to have you come and share what makes you happy. We do appreciate your time. 


Thanks for listening to the podcast. We hope it gives you something to think about on your quest to discover what makes you happy. Make sure to check out to connect with today's guest and follow us on all our social media platforms. And to stay up to date on what's happening next and what makes you happy. Don't forget to share this episode with a friend and we'll see you next time!