Spontaneous Happiness by Andrew Weil

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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.


About Andrew Weil

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Andrew Weil, MD, is the founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and a partner of True Food Kitchen. He is the author of several bestselling books, including Spontaneous Happiness, The Healthy Kitchen (coauthored with Rosie Daley), Healthy Aging, 8 Weeks to Optimum Health, and Spontaneous Healing. He lives in Tucson, AZ. Sam Fox is the founder and CEO of Fox Restaurant Concepts, and has been nominated three times for Restaurateur of the Year by the James Beard Foundation. He lives in Scottsdale, AZ. Michael Stebner is the executive chef overseeing all True Food Kitchen restaurants. He lives in Scottsdale, AZ.
Published November 8, 2011 by Little, Brown and Company. 272 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Weil believes that contentment, serenity and “calm acceptance” form the baseline “sea level” of emotional well-being, and that internal happiness is derived and achieved from within and not from forced, external “cultural insistence.” The author’s positive narrative covers a range of topics, incl...

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As others argue the politics of health care, Weil (Health and Healing) turns away from the usual practice of Western medicine, which is focused on alleviating symptoms rather than strengthening internal mechanisms of health, to closely consider the nature of the healing process.

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Weil’s enormously successful blend of mainstream and alternative therapies has earned him the reputation as guru of integrative medicine. Here, he develops a guide to help patients beat back the blues

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BC Books

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Spontaneous Happiness is an excellent health and wellness reference.

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The overall focus of Spontaneous Happiness was to encourage the wise use of integrative medicines, which was appealing because of my own personal experiences with the most used alternative medicine by the public - prayer.

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The ultimate goal of Andrew Weil — Harvard educated physician and founder and Director of the Arizona Center for Integrated Medicine — is to expand and strengthen integrative medicine while transforming the health care system in North America and the world.

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You can do this as a gift directly from yourself to the less fortunate, or you can make it a family tradition to divert some of the funds you would normally spend on gifts for each other to worthy humanitarian and/or environmental causes.

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In short, Weil teaches that the only true source of happiness comes from within, and he provides you with the tools you need to grow your own happiness.

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