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3.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 5 3.90 (21 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrew Weil Narrator: Andrew Weil Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2011 ISBN: 9781611139723
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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
  • A comprehensive roadmap for the prized path to true happiness...Weil provides sensible, accessible advice...Immensely beneficial information for those seeking a self-galvanized life lift. Kirkus Reviews
  • 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
  • “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.”

    Booklist

  • “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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  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Ann | 2/17/2014

    " Informative, user friendly and lots of great suggestions. I'm going to keep it handy for awhile! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eva | 1/30/2014

    " Well, looks like I'm going to start taking fish oil. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 1/28/2014

    " Good info but nothing new to me. This book is really about reversing moderate depression without drugs but that doesn't make for a catchy title. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 1/27/2014

    " Very interesting because it provides a historical persepctive on health and wellness such as how the depression diagnosis has changed over the years. He provides the medical side of illnesses and encourages you to access alternative remidies. For sleeping challenges - the combination of a suppliment and mind practices was particularly helpful. This book inspired me to get his healthy cooking book - which I currently am reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 1/24/2014

    " I loved this book's ability to materialize happiness. It changed my strange conception that happiness is some sort of intangible state that I stumble upon instead of making for myself. This book does what my therapists don't. Reasonable advice and new techniques for cultivating your own happiness. Very empowering--highly recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dylan | 1/13/2014

    " Wow! Stumbled across this in the audiobook section of the library. Didn't expect much, but had heard a little Weil on the radio recently and liked his stuff. Also enjoyed his _Natural Mind_ book when I was in college. Anyway, this random addition was great! Fantastic suggestions on body/mind health, from a variety of angles. A multitude of tips to incorporate into one's daily practice. Highly recommended to just about anybody. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 1/5/2014

    " Another great book by Dr. Weill. I've done a few of things he talks about and just knowing that I am attempting to be happier makes me happier. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie Gross | 12/31/2013

    " Highly recommended!!! very useful & helpful links, resources, products, & websites. i like how he incorporated an 8-week integrative program with natural remedies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sal | 12/24/2013

    " What can I say, I am a sucker for Dr. Weil's self-help philosophy. I find 3/4 of it relevant and practical and the stuff I don't care for is easy to ignore. I always put down his books inspired to lead a healthier, happier life. I guess that's all I can ask for from them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Love | 12/19/2013

    " It's more about avoiding depression than happiness, but it was worth reading and helpful to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan Cohen | 12/13/2013

    " Great overview of east vs. west techniques for improving the baseline good vibes. Mostly practical, though padded too much for my taste with anecdotal evidence and stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ken | 9/29/2013

    " Found this book helpful , good to see a lot of what he suggests I am already doing "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christy Coughlin | 8/12/2013

    " Some very interesting points about limiting use of technology and the benefits of getting outside. Too much focus on mental health disorders and felt a little salesy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria V | 6/10/2013

    " I love Dr. Weil's philosophies, but I was expecting much more of this highly anticipated book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele Keith | 5/23/2013

    " always loved this guy but I was having a hard time keeping my attention up through this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan Rambow | 4/29/2013

    " It was good but it's one you really need to buy and because there's too much information to absorb at one reading. Maybe when it comes ouy in paperback I'll get it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Denise | 2/14/2013

    " I tried to get through this book, but it was too science-y for me... or too medical or something. I don't know. Reading it felt like homework and I couldn't force myself to read more than 150 pages! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zafirah Muhammad | 1/13/2013

    " I enjoyed this book. I have read all of his books and liked each one of them. He discusses his own trials with happiness and he gives great medical advise. If you are serious about being happy and want a holistic approach read this "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 5/9/2012

    " While this books is well-written and had a few interesting insights, I felt as though it broke no new ground, which is why I didn't rate it higher. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 2/10/2012

    " Good. Lots of basic stuff but some good insights and new research stuff, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerry | 11/2/2011

    " This is an awesome collection of little things you can do to make big changes in the quality of your life. There is nothing in this book I don't agree with. Great tips to start you thinking about and taking responsibility for your health and happiness. "

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About the Author
Author Andrew Weil

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.