Neuroscientist Dean Burnett dives into the squishy science and bubbly feelings of what happiness means.The pursuit of happiness is one of the most common and enduring quests of human life. It’s what drives us to get a job, fall in love, watch stand-up comedy, have questionable obsessions, and come home at the end of the day. But where does happiness come from, and why do we need it so much? Is lasting, permanent happiness possibleor should it be? And what does any of this have to do with the brain? In his delightful sequel to Idiot Brain, Dean Burnett combines cutting-edge theories of the science of emotions with interviews of dozens of people on the happiness scale, from relationship coaches to celebrity millionaires, in an attempt to unveil what makes our happy-dometer tick. Witty and perceptive, humorous and enlightening, Happy Brain explores a fascinating aspect of modern neuroscience, and in the process discovers something about what it means to be human.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
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About the Author
Dean Burnett is a neuroscientist who lectures and tutors at the
Centre for Medical Education at Cardiff University. He writes the Guardian’s popular science blog, Brain Flapping, and dabbles in stand-up comedy. He lives in Cardiff, Wales.
Table of Contents
1 Happiness in the Brain 5
2 There's No Place Like Home 41
3 Working on the Brain 70
4 Happiness Is Other People 104
5 Love, Lust or Bust 139
6 You've Got to Laugh 182
7 The Dark Side of Happiness 219
8 Happiness Through the Ages 257