Happy Brain by Dean Burnett
Where Happiness Comes From, and Why

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...don’t focus on pursuing money or love; do things you enjoy; laugh a lot, but don’t be a comedian … Oh, and benefit from consistent and loving parenting. First, though, you should read this funny, stimulating and rewarding book. You’ll be happy you did.
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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, go to therapy, 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 possible—or should it be? And what does any of this have to do with the brain?


In this delightful sequel to Idiot Brain, Dean Burnett explores these questions from a neuroscientific perspective. He combines the latest research and theories about how the brain works with interviews and contributions from relevant individuals, such as relationship experts, psychology professors, comedy writers, celebrities, millionaire gurus, and pretty much anyone else involved in bringing about happiness in others. Distinguished by Burnett’s signature wit and curiosity, Happy Brain elucidates our understanding of what happiness actually is, where it comes from, and what exactly is going on in our brains when we’re in a cheery state. Humorous and enlightening, Happy Brain explores a fascinating aspect of modern neuroscience and, in the process, reveals something about what it means to be human.

 

About Dean Burnett

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Dean Burnett is a neuroscientist at the Institute of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences at Cardiff University and is the author of the Guardian's most-read science blog, Brain Flapping. He lives in Cardiff. Sarah Breese
 
Published May 29, 2018 by W. W. Norton & Company. 352 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Mar 19 2018

There’s nothing earthshaking in Burnett’s observations, but he offers a pleasing tour of the brain and its feel-good longings.

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Reviewed by Katy Guest on Apr 11 2018

...don’t focus on pursuing money or love; do things you enjoy; laugh a lot, but don’t be a comedian … Oh, and benefit from consistent and loving parenting. First, though, you should read this funny, stimulating and rewarding book. You’ll be happy you did.

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