Spontaneous Happiness

A New York Times Bestseller

A USA Today Bestseller

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.

Editorial Reviews

“Retraining and caring for our mind never felt so good; certain to be a bestseller.”

Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review

Spontaneous Happiness spells out some amazing guidelines on becoming a healthy individual.”

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“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.com

“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.’”

Publishers Weekly

“The case studies and practical guidance here can help readers make life-changing decisions.”

Library Journal

“Implicitly, the reason that practices virtually identical to those he urges for reducing physical ills also work against depression is that a person is not a mind and a body but an irreducible compound of both. Given the popularity of depression (so to speak), this looks like another best-seller for Weil.”

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“Offers a comprehensive roadmap for the prized path to true happiness…The author turns his compassionate eye for wellness toward the inner emotional mechanisms that elicit mood spectrum, from bliss to despondency…Weil effectively positions himself into the context of his narrative, sharing [his own] epiphanies…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. Immensely beneficial information for those seeking a self-galvanized life lift.”

Kirkus Reviews

“The complementary medicine pioneer, clear voiced as ever, sounds softer here than when he’s narrating in professor mode. With humble references to his own depression and search for happiness, he sounds more connected to his listeners…With his knack for making complex information sound familiar, he describes the strengths and limitations of various approaches to emotional contentment—Eastern and Western, biomedical and spiritual…With many state-of-the-art strategies, this is a must-hear for anyone seeking more peace in his or her life.”

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Author Biography

Andrew Weil, MD, a graduate of Harvard Medical School, is a world-renowned leader and pioneer in the field of natural health who has devoted thirty years to developing, practicing, and teaching others about the principles of integrative medicine. He is the founder and program director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and the author of numerous books on health and healing that have been New York Times and USA Today bestsellers.

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Andrew Weil, MD, a graduate of Harvard Medical School, is a world-renowned leader and pioneer in the field of natural health who has devoted thirty years to developing, practicing, and teaching others about the principles of integrative medicine. He is the founder and program director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and the author of numerous books on health and healing that have been New York Times and USA Today bestsellers.

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