Pleasure Zoneby Stella Resnick, Riane Eisler (Foreword by)
The ability to enjoy ourselves affects our health. It determines the depth and quality of our connection with others; it ultimately determines whether or not we lead a fulfilling life. For thousands of years, in cultures all over the world, pleasure has been disdained and demonized. It's time to reclaim our birthright. Time to proclaim the true wisdom of a life informed by pleasure. In her groundbreaking book, The Pleasure Zone, Dr. Stella Resnick distills more than twenty-five years of extensive corroborative research to uncover the root of unhappiness -- pleasure resistance. The "Pleasure Zone," she explains, is less a place, than it is a process. It's an active way of focusing our attention, centering us in the present moment, releasing giant stores of vitality and optimism, and making whatever we're doing vastly more enjoyable.
Resnick links optimism, physical health, emotional fulfillment in love, deeply gratifying sex, and positive aging to our ability to fully enjoy eight core pleasures: Primal Pleasure, Pain Relief, the elemental pleasures of Play and Humor, and Mental, Emotional, Sensual, Sexual, and Spiritual Pleasure. Examining each core pleasure one by one, she shows how each core pleasure is instrumental to our health, emotional well-being, and interpersonal relationships. Filled with inspiring stories of people who have learned to reclaim former pleasures, each chapter concludes with a set of simple exercises designed to enhance readers' enjoyment skills so they can experience that particular pleasure more completely. The Pleasure Zone will not only give you permission to enjoy yourself, it will open your heart and eyes to a celebration of all life has to offer.
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