Spontaneous Happiness: A New Path to Emotional Well-Being

Spontaneous Happiness: A New Path to Emotional Well-Being

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by Andrew Weil
     
 

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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,

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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.

Editorial Reviews

iVillage
"Like all of his books, Spontaneous Happiness is a refreshing combination of clarity, science and practical wisdom. But it's also warm and, indeed, personal: Dr. Weil includes not only anecdotes from people who've written to him over the years, but also his own experience in battling mild depression."
Yahoo! Voices
"If you use this book as a tool to help you change your life, you might be surprised by what it can do for you."
Seattle Post Intelligencer
"Spontaneous Happiness spells out some amazing guidelines on becoming a healthy individual."
From the Publisher
"A comprehensive roadmap for the prized path to true happiness...Weil provides sensible, accessible advice...Immensely beneficial information for those seeking a self-galvanized life lift."—Kirkus Reviews

"Weil's program aims for 'positive emotionality'-a far better destination than the roller-coaster ride between bliss and despair. This is more than a New Age prescription for contentment. Weil's revelations and insights from his own lifelong battle with depression lift this guide from a hip and clinical 'how to' to a generous and heartfelt 'here's how.'"—Publishers Weekly

"If you use this book as a tool to help you change your life, you might be surprised by what it can do for you."—Yahoo! Voices

"Spontaneous Happiness spells out some amazing guidelines on becoming a healthy individual."—Seattle Post Intelligencer

"Like all of his books, Spontaneous Happiness is a refreshing combination of clarity, science and practical wisdom. But it's also warm and, indeed, personal: Dr. Weil includes not only anecdotes from people who've written to him over the years, but also his own experience in battling mild depression."—iVillage

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316129428
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
01/01/2013
Pages:
281
Sales rank:
128,915
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Weil, MD, is the founder and program director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. He is the author of many bestselling books, including Spontaneous Healing, 8 Weeks to Optimum Health, and others.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Tucson, Arizona
Date of Birth:
June 8, 1942
Place of Birth:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Education:
B.A. in Biology, Harvard University, 1964; M.D., Harvard Medical School, 1968
Website:
http://www.drweil.com

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Spontaneous Happiness 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone seriously interested in this topic should read Robert Whitaker's 2010 book "Anatomy of an epidemic." After that, Weil provides the multiple strategies useful for becoming positively engaged with living.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For many years I have suffered from mild to moderate depression. I found the scientifically based information in this book to be extremely helpful. Dr Weil provides many ideas based in sound research for feeling better. I started with two of the easiest; increased Omega 3 and increased moderate physical activity. Over the course of several months, I have been able to incorporate additional useful suggestions. This book is not a meant to be a magic pill, but rather a set of useful tools that can be tailored by an individual based on what works for them.
LilyEm More than 1 year ago
I am extremely grateful I had the opportunity to come across this book. It captured my attention from the start and I picked it up everyday to read after (and still use it for reference often). I love how to-the-point he is about depression in general. I've read many sources about depression, saying you can ban it forever- but this book is different, and teaches you depression happens, and how to fight it and overcome it. The tips and advice, as well as the plans created are wonderful and ones I do my best to follow everyday. I've never dealt with major depression, but even when the slightest amount of stress or sadness shows up, I've used his methods and have dramatically noticed a difference in my everyday mood. I even often find myself quoting this book to others. I can't recommend it enough. This book has changed many little things in my life and I'm happier because of it. You don't have to be dealing with major depression to pick this up and read it- it's for everybody and I highly encourage you to read it and try it out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read a few things Dr. Weil has written and seen him interviewed on television. He is very knowledgeable and sensible in every health topic he responds to. Spontaneous Happiness has been most enlightening to me since I associate with people who have "problems being happy" for one reason or another...it helpful for me to know what they are going through mentally and try to be kind and understanding. I recommend this book to everyone.
Luetten More than 1 year ago
I read it but need to read it again since it's a bit drawn out, however everything the author recommends is workable, IF one follows his suggestion. Unfortunately it's very hard to control ones thoughts in real life, but one has to work on it to succeed. I am still working on controlling my off and on depression with the help of this book. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants peace in their life.
Molomolo More than 1 year ago
This book was touted very highly as something new and better than the average self help book. In fact, it is just that. I should have learned long ago that when an author writes more than one self help book, the ones past the first are just more of the same.
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This book deconstructs the possible causes of depression in layman terms and provides possible tools for  modifying them.  Dr. Weil makes you feel comfortable as he shares some his own personal experiences and is never preachy as he  explains possible solutions.  For once I feel like I understand what's going on with my moodiness and will no longer judge myself or feel stuck .
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wyofreespirit More than 1 year ago
Am so excited to get and read this book...
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