Gianna Vallefuoco


Neuroscience and Creativity

Learn what motivates us to create, and why we each possess a basic need to be creative. The chemical reward system that makes creating feel so satisfying is based more on the joy of working toward a goal than on that end product. Setting goals and then working toward them gives us a sense of purpose and forward momentum. Feeling purposeful and intentional provides a chemical reward system that can sustain us, and allow us to move beyond obstacles like boredom, hopelessness, pointlessness, and fear. A simple way to explain this is that we release dopamine as we move toward a goal, oxytocin as we feel connected to community, and serotonin as we find gratitude and satisfaction in our work. This session will create an environment to optimize all of these experiences. Creating makes us “feel good” and can sustain or revive our motivation in moments when we may feel a reflex to give up and quit. This is the basis of motivation! Join me to utilize this chemical reward system to harness your creative calling and your own passion project.
Gianna Vallefuoco helps people to gain mindfulness to find greater success.


Gianna Vallefuoco

Gianna carries years of experience in compassionate leadership in the construction industry and through mindfulness-based coursework with SIYLI, Beyond Om, and Thrive Yoga. She completed a two year practicum as an MMTCP certified mindfulness instructor through UC Berkeley’s Awareness Training Institute and Greater Good Science Center with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. Recognizing the deep connection between mindfulness and neuroscience, she continued her studies in Interpersonal Neurobiology with Dr Dan Siegel. She incorporates the “Mindsight Approach To Wellbeing,” to bring a multi-faceted approach to her teaching. Gianna works regularly with the police force and construction industry, focusing on compassion, crisis intervention training, and self care.


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