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A leading German science journalist explores the nature of happiness through the latest research in brain science in this instructive study. Positive and negative feelings, he says, are generated by different mental systems; thus, people whose right frontal lobe dominates tend to be more pessimistic, while those with a stronger left lobe are predisposed to optimism and self-confidence. Despite genetic programming, the author says, the brain is "malleable," and anyone with a desire for happiness is able to perceive and experience more pleasurable emotions. Drawing on complex experiments with animals, he suggests specific strategies to overcome depression, including engaging in activities, especially physical activities or simple tasks that easily offer a sense of success; and writing down negative thoughts, then marshaling the evidence against them. Klein looks at the complex relationship between income and satisfaction and the importance of self-determination and social connections. The surest path to happiness, Klein is convinced, is to know oneself. (July)
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"An extremely well-written, easy-to-read and expertly researched book on a theme which has long been begging for pop-science treatment."See all Editorial Reviews
This is good, easy reading and so informative. I heard the author being interviewed and loved him, so thought I'd check into the book. What a help it is to me.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
the author constantly uses phrases like "we are programmed(!)" and "nature invented(!)" throughout the book, which is such a typical and uneducated way of writing... Read morePublished 3 months ago by fäde zu grau
nice to read, informative knowledge. If you work in a place where you have free hours, definitely you must have this book to browse in the mean time.Published 11 months ago by n1313
This is the best psychology book I ever read. I have read several self-help books but I have never felt better after any of them. Read morePublished 19 months ago by mgracem
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Great book in really good condition. One of the best books to purchase if you are interested in the science of the mind. Very interesting.Published on July 28, 2013 by Sparksfly
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This is one of the better books I have read to help gain insight. So good I recommended it to several friends.Published on December 25, 2009 by Urne Wisconsin
excellent & fascinating book (though it can be a little redundant at times)...if you like:
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