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Spontaneous Happiness

A New Path to Emotional Well-Being
Paperback Book
Little, Brown and Company
January, 2013
$17.50 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Spontaneous Happiness gives us the foundation for attaining and sustaining optimum emotional health. Rooted in Dr. Weil’s pioneering work in integrative medicine, the book suggests a reinterpretation of the notion of happiness, discusses the limitations of the biomedical model in treating depression, and elaborates on the inseparability of body and mind. (Did you know that one in 10 people in the U.S., including children, takes antidepressants?)

The set point of emotional variability in our society has become displaced too far into the negative zone. Too many of us are sad and discontented...

It is possible to increase emotional resilience and shift one’s emotional set point in the direction of greater positivity.

Weil offers an array of scientifically proven strategies from Eastern and Western psychology to counteract low mood and enhance contentment, comfort, resilience, serenity, and emotional balance. Drawn from psychotherapy, mindfulness training, Buddhist psychology, nutritional science, and more, these strategies include body-oriented therapies to support emotional wellness, techniques for managing stress and anxiety and changing mental habits that keep us stuck in negative patterns, and advice on developing a spiritual dimension in our lives.

Ever practical, Weil presents an eight-week program that can be customized according to specific needs, with short- and long-term advice on nutrition, exercise, supplements, environment, lifestyle, and much more. His top three suggestions are omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, and regular exercise. “Secular spirituality” strategies include visualization, gratitude and volunteering. “Limiting information overload” is an integral part of the program.  Weil’s revelations from his own lifelong dance with depression lift this guide from a hip and clinical “how to” to a generous and heartfelt “here’s how.”

Whether you are struggling with depression or simply want to feel happier, Dr. Weil’s integrative approach will shift the paradigm of emotional health and help you achieve greater contentment in your life.

Publisher’s Description: 

A paradigm-shifting guide to peak emotional wellness.

In SPONTANEOUS HAPPINESS, Dr. Andrew Weil redefines the notion of happiness and demonstrates the limitations of the biomedical model of mental health. He presents a vast, scientifically proven array of integrative treatment strategies for low mood and depression, drawing on techniques from Ayurveda, Buddhism, acupuncture, psychotherapy, mindfulness training, and much more. Dr. Weil offers advice on lifestyle, behavior, and dietary changes, and helps readers assess their own emotional well-being and build personalized step-by-step plans to manage their moods. Whether suffering from mild to moderate depression, or simply seeking greater contentment, readers can use Dr. Weil's science-based integrative approach to achieve their goals.

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