The Science of Where Happiness Comes From, and Why
Author: Dean Burnett
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Do you want to be happy? If so - read on. This book has all the answers.* In The Happy Brain, neuroscientist Dean Burnett delves deep into the inner workings of our minds to explore some fundamental questions about happiness. For starters: what does it actually mean to be happy? Where does it come from? And is there a secret to making it last forever? In his research into these questions - and many more besides - Burnett unravels our complex internal lives to reveal the often surprising truth behind what makes us tick. From whether happiness really begins at home (spoiler alert: yes - sort of) to what love, sex, friendship, wealth, laughter and success actually do to our brains, this book offers a uniquely entertaining insight into what it means to be human. * Not really. Sorry. But it does have some very interesting questions, and at least the occasional answer.
Retrain Your Brain to Boost Your Serotonin, Dopamine, Oxytocin, & Endorphin Levels
Author: Loretta Graziano Breuning
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Offers simple activities that help you understand the roles of your "happy chemicals"--serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin, and endorphins. You'll also learn how to build new habits by rerouting the electricity in your brain to flow down a new pathway, making it even easier to trigger these happy chemicals and increase feelings of satisfaction when you need them most.
With all the parenting information out there and the constant pressure to be the “perfect” parent, it seems as if many parents have lost track of one very important piece of the parenting puzzle: raising happy kids. Parenting today has gotten far too complicated. It’s never been the easiest job in the world, but with all the “parenting advice” parents are met with at every corner, it’s hard not to become bewildered. It seems that in the past it was a good deal simpler. You made sure there was dinner on the table and the kids got to school on time and no one set anything on fire, and you called it a success. But today everybody has a different method for dealing with the madness--attachment parenting, free-range parenting, mindful parenting. And who is to say one is more right or better than another? How do you choose? The truth is that whatever drumbeat you march to, all parents would agree that we just want our kids to be happy. It seems like a no-brainer, right? But in the face of all the many parenting theories out there, happiness feels like it has become incidental. That’s where The Happy Kid Handbook by child and adolescent psychotherapist and parenting expert Katie Hurley comes in. She shows parents how happiness is the key to raising confident, capable children. It’s not about giving in every time your child wants something so they won’t feel bad when you say no, or making sure that they’re taking that art class, and the ballet class, and the soccer class (to help with their creativity and their coordination and all that excess energy). Happiness is about parenting the individual, because not every child is the same, and not every child will respond to parenting the same way. By exploring the differences among introverts, extroverts, and everything in between, this definitive guide to parenting offers parents the specific strategies they need to meet their child exactly where he or she needs to be met from a social-emotional perspective. A back-to-basics guide to parenting, The Happy Kid Handbook is a must-have for any parent hoping to be the best parent they can be. From the Trade Paperback edition.
A Glimpse Inside the Happy Brain of a Golden Retriever
Author: Denise Grubbs Harrill
Publisher: Archway Publishing
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Cooper is golden, furry, and a beloved member of the family. His blocky head contains the silliness and devotion that come through clearly in his chocolate pudding eyes. A goofy, lovable golden retriever, Cooper makes his way from Kansas City, Kansas, to meet his new family in Birmingham, Alabama. Whats more, he arrives right when they need him the most. After an airplane ride, he gets to his new home just in time for it to be visited by firetrucks, who come to put out the flames in the dining room. Then Cooper learns to do his business outside, although he believes hes too young to start a business. Over time he grows older and gets to know more about his home and his family. He even gets a sister who is a cat and finds many ways to get into trouble. In this tale told in his own words, a golden retriever shares how he perceives the world around him, the non-furries in his family, and his relationship with them.
The Simple Program That Primes Your Grey Cells for Joy, Optimism, and Serenity
Author: Teresa Aubele
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Happiness begins at the cellular level - and your brain is making new neurons every day. Which means that you can literally program yourself for happiness - if you know how. With this groundbreaking guide, you fire up your neurons for joy when you learn to: Reroute the fight-or-flight response that causes your stress and anxiety Focus your gray cells' attention on emotional well-being Engage in activities that flood your brain with dopamine and serotonin, among other "happy" chemicals Satisfy your brain's hunger for pleasure through diet and exercise Enhance nutrition in your life with the right vitamins and supplements Trick your brain into building new pathways to serenity Written by acclaimed neuroscientist and Henry David Thoreau, scholar Dr. Teresa Aubele, and psychologist Dr. Stan Wenck, this book combines the latest research in both neuroscience and human behavior to give you the brain-changing program you need to lead a blissful life - each and every day!
Find the happiness of emptiness. Few things scare us more than inner emptiness. The presumed emptiness of coma or dementia scares us so much that we even sign living wills to avoid these states. Yet as Zen masters have long known, inner emptiness can also be productive and useful. We can reach this state through meditation, concentration, music, or even during sex. In fact, our brain loves emptiness — it makes us happy. Leading brain researcher Niels Birbaumer investigates the pleasure in emptiness and how we can take advantage of it. He explains how to overcome the evolutionary attentiveness of your brain and take a break from thinking — a skill that’s more important than ever in an increasingly frantic world.
The books in this bite-sized new series contain no complicated techniques or tricky materials, making them ideal for the busy, the time-pressured or the merely curious. Life Changing Happiness is a short, simple and to-the-point guide to getting, and staying, happy. In just 96 pages, the reader will discover how to bring new levels of physical and mental wellbeing to their lives, helping them to develop a lasting sense of wellbeing. BANISH NEGATIVE THOUGHTS EAT YOURSELF HAPPY FEEL GOOD WITH FITNESS BOOST YOUR HAPPY CHEMICALS MEDITATE FOR INNER HAPPINESS LOVE YOUR LIFE