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Spontaneous Happiness [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Weil
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Book Description

Everyone wants to be happy. But what does that really mean? Increasingly, scientific evidence shows us that true satisfaction and well-being come only from within.

Dr. Andrew Weil has proven that the best way to maintain optimum physical health is to draw on both conventional and alternative medicine. Now, in Spontaneous Happiness, he 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.

Dr. 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. Lastly, Dr. 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.

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




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"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.'" (Publisher's Weekly )

"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 )

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'The author... offers sage recommendations on life balancing and incorporating spirituality into the fundamental goal of "optimum emotional health... His inspiring writing style breathes new life into rather mundane reminders on the benefits of exercise, sleep, meditation, compassion and holistic remedies. Weil provides sensible, accessible advice several tiers above general marketplace offerings.' -- Booklist 20110415 'Warning: this man can seriously affect your health. For the better.' -- Guardian 20110415 'Dr. Weil is an extraordinary phenomenon.' -- Washington Post 20110415 'There is no lecturing or preaching: his aim is simply to show how easy it is to change your lifestyle and boost your body's own healing system.' -- Sunday Times 20110415 'The voice of reason in a deeply divided world.' -- San Francisco Examiner 20110415 'Dr. Weil has arguably become America's best-known doctor.' -- New York Times Magazine 20110415 'Promising to help you attain and sustain a permanent state of happiness, this fantastic book features an array of scientifically proven strategies from Eastern and Western psychology thought to boost your emotional health and wellbeing' -- Soul & Spirit 20110415 'Dr Andrew Weil...tackles that age-old quest of seeking happiness in a refreshingly honest way. Dr Weil shows the best way to maintain mental wellbeing and physical health is to combine conventional and alternative medicine. He offers readers straight talking advice on topics such as anti-depressants and ways in which to merge Eastern and Western philosophies to reach that perpetual goal of happiness...Reliable, honest advice for improving your mood.' -- Healthy 20110415 'With his characteristic crystal-clarity, American pioneer of integrative medicine Andrew Weil states bluntly that it's just not reasonable to expect to be constantly happy.' -- WellBeing (Australia) 20110415 'A comprehensive path to peak emotional wellness. It's like having a direct line to your therapist.' -- Shape, Australia 20110415 'Dr Andrew Weil's new book, Spontaneous Happiness...uses psychology and a lot of common sense to offer simple strategies for being healthier from the inside out. His advice is life-changing.' -- Good Housekeeping 20110415

Product Details

  • File Size: 458 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0316198978
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (November 8, 2011)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QZ9PA6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,970 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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89 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even Better Than Anticipated November 21, 2011
By Paulina
Format:Hardcover
I've always found Dr. Weil to the be the sound of reason and the perfect balance between natural health and science. I happened to see a Dr. Oz show that he was on and he was giving a few natural alternatives to antidepressants. Being someone who has always suffered from some level of melancholia that every so often leads to a deeper level of depression and anxiety, I listened closely. I decided to try the Holy Basil he recommended because it sounded like something safe I could try with no side effects. Keep in mind I had been mildly to moderately depressed for the last year with bouts of anxiety. I took it for the first day and felt nothing. The second day I started excitedly planning for the future and walked around especially happy. Later on in the day, I wondered why I was suddenly in such a great mood and feeling so motivated and optimistic and remembered the Holy Basil! Anyway, it worked so well it really sparked my interest and so I ordered the book. Everything is so relevant to not only me and my life with all it's stresses and anxiety but to everyone in this day of information overload. I found this book to be life altering. It's extremely well written and interesting to read and doesn't just address problems, it tells you what to do about them. I urge everyone to read this book, not just those who are depressed. It's about well-being and about reducing stress because stress leads to all sorts of problems... mentally and physically and this is something we can all benefit from.
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157 of 174 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I am a Psychologist and Pharmacognosist (ethnobotanist), in large part because of being inspired by Dr.W's first books, "The Natural Mind" and his book about the miracle like qualities of mushrooms, and his classic book "From Chocolate to Morphine". His ability to speak to the reader in a conversational way while explaining complex subjects backed by a broad and firm base of scientific research is unique among scientists. He makes the reader comfortable with the concepts, the science, and the practical approach to overcoming depression and anxiety without talking down to the reader. Dr.W. is entertaining and has the nack of making you feel like you are listening to an old friend. Having heard him give a talk in the mid 1970's and reading everything he wrote, I know how truly exceptional he is as a scientist and physician, but he is remarkable in his ability to bring together the biology, psychology, and spiritual nature without resorting to quick fixes and aphorisms based on pseudo-science and secret knowledge. Dr.W' has done the work and spent a lifetime researching the mind-body-spirit relationship and how it applies to health and healing of people around the world. The reader who has followed his work from the beginning will find a continuity in this new book and will be familiar with many of the concepts from his earlier books. I always find his newest book to be based on his earlier work but still able to fascinate and inform me on his newest topic. This book did not disappoint, it goes on my shelf as my latest text book and further it is a book I will recommend to all of my colleagues and patients who are struggling with life. I plan to send several of my friends who fight depression and anxiety this book for Christmas. Read more ›
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86 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Plentiful Harvest November 9, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I came across this timely quote in Dr. Weil's latest book:

The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.

--William Blake

Like many of his followers, I have read his other books and refer to them often. This new book shares a wealth of research on how many little things over time contribute to inner contentment--from gratitude, forgiveness, and laughter to meditation, nutrition, and spirituality.

My favorite part of the book is the section: "An 8-Week Program for Optimum Emotional Well-Being." In adddition to offering practical and easy-to-follow suggestions, if you start on this program now, most New Year's resolutions will not even be necessary! Thanks to Dr. Weil for his diligent work over the years to provide us with this plentiful harvest.
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47 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spontaneous Happiness November 13, 2011
By Big Red
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I first learned about this book on the Dr. Oz show. I have been trying to cope with depresion for the last 8 years. Seeing up to eight different doctors all with pieces of the puzzle. Dr. Weil took 8 years of work and completed the puzzle in the first 20 minutes of the show. I now have hope and a clear path to a better life. I would like to thank Dr. OZ for putting me in touch with such a life changing Book and thanks to Dr. Weil for sharing his life experience with me.
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213 of 261 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars End Poverty; End Stigma December 30, 2011
Format:Hardcover
I always enjoy Dr. Weil. I've heard him speak and have had some contact with the Integrative Program that seems to be his legacy. All of this is real, compassionate and makes sense. I also am a Registered Nurse and have been working in the Mental Health field for twenty years.

I found his chapter on the prevalence (and causes of) depression within our society interesting. I especially resonate with his descriptions of the lack of connection to good old fashioned "hard work" and being outside. Bravo! His discussion of alternatives is good. Especially his advocacy of the use of Fish Oil, Vitamin D and the B vitamins. Common sense!

There are a few things that bother me about Dr. Weil. I write these things as a fan of the man. A person who respects him and the work he does.

1. I'm not too enamored with the cult of personality surrounding the guy. Yes, I know that branding helps sell books. But does he really have to display his cherubic, monster bearded face on every book he writes? And must he really have a corporation attached to his name and his ideology?

2. Footnotes please! Yes, he states you can go on-line to get more information. And there is a short end note section. The bibliography is quite deficient for further reading. The book is written for a lay laudience, but that doesn't mean that we can't have a bit more intellectual rigor attached to his claims.

3. Culturally, this book comes from the White, Enviro, Suburban, BMW driving class. The book is written from, and for, the upper ends of the socio-economic ladder. Poverty is the number one predictor and cause of mental illness. There is no discussion of that in this book, with the exception to maybe glorify the hard life we used to have when we all farmed.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Action Plan
Very helpful. Brings alot of mind body information together, in a specific plan of action that makes sense. Easy to understand.
Published 19 days ago by Susan Cullen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great information!!
Sensible and intelligent and well research. Very informative. Dr. Weill is a master at bringing east and west forms of wellness to a acceptable package of understanding,A doable... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Irene C. Echeverria
5.0 out of 5 stars Smiling in Colorado
Interesting insights into mood and wellness.
Practical ways for individuals to make the lifestyle changes necessary to bring more happiness
in their lives.
Published 1 month ago by bobbie johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Spontaneous Happiness
Another great book by Dr. Weil!! He always has so much good advice, and it is an interesting book to read.
Published 1 month ago by Ivy England
5.0 out of 5 stars It can changer your life.
The more I read the more I learn and enjoy. I would suggest that if you have no interest in depression that you skip that early section. Read more
Published 1 month ago by A Marine
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book!
I read this during a tough time in my life, and it really turned things around :) There are so many simple lifestyle changes you can make, and natural supplements that you can take... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Katy Hinz
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring.....
Sorry but this book is just too boring to get interested in. I'll keep trying but might just donate it to the library....
Published 2 months ago by Ruth A. L
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
In my opinion, one of his best books. I also have the CD to listen to it at times when I'm driving. Excellent analysis of many factors involved in happiness
Published 2 months ago by Beliza Lashofer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Lots of very good information in this book to help you find happiness. I read this book to my clients who are depressed so they can learn about happiness. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Keggy
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Weil delivers again
Dr. Weil explains in layperson's terms how to take control of your own emotional and physical life. This is not a book about "happiness" per se, as it is really about... Read more
Published 2 months ago by L.G.
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More About the Author

Andrew Weil, M.D., is a world-renowned leader and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, a healing oriented approach to health care which encompasses body, mind, and spirit. His next book, "True Food: Seasonal, Sustainable, Simple, Pure," will be released October 9th, 2012.

View all of Dr. Weil's current speaking engagements here: http://weil.ws/Tojqex

Combining a Harvard education and a lifetime of practicing natural and preventive medicine, Dr. Weil is the founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, where he is also a Clinical Professor of Medicine and Professor of Public Health and the Lovell-Jones Professor of Integrative Rheumatology. Dr. Weil received both his medical degree and his undergraduate AB degree in biology (botany) from Harvard University.

Dr. Weil is an internationally-recognized expert for his views on leading a healthy lifestyle, his philosophy of healthy aging, and his critique of the future of medicine and health care. Approximately 10 million copies of Dr. Weil's books have been sold, including "Spontaneous Healing," "8 Weeks to Optimum Health," "Eating Well for Optimum Health," "The Healthy Kitchen," "Healthy Aging," and "Why Our Health Matters."

Online, he is the editorial director of DrWeil.com, the leading web resource for healthy living based on the philosophy of integrative medicine. He can be found on Facebook at facebook.com/DrWeil, Twitter at twitter.com/DrWeil, and Dr. Weil's Daily Health Tips blog at drweilblog.com.

See a comprehensive list of Dr. Weil's information: about.me/DrWeil

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