Spontaneous Happiness

  • by Andrew Weil
  • Narrated by Andrew Weil
  • 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 life.


What the Critics Say

"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.'" (Publisher's Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Understand and overcome your depression

My Therapist recommended Spontaneous Happiness. Through understanding negative thought patterns and "rumination", I've been able to pull myself out of a deep dark hole and move forward after a divorce and relocation. I never understood how powerful negative thought is. I now know I'm not as insane as I imagined, and have the ability to beat this.
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- Mark

One of Andy's best.

Where does Spontaneous Happiness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the most useful

What other book might you compare Spontaneous Happiness to and why?

Healthy Aging by Andrew Weil

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What insight do you think you’ll apply from Spontaneous Happiness?

How to manage my life better in order to avoid depression

Any additional comments?

A must read for anyone taking perscription antidepressants

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- L. R. Lynn

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-08-2011
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio