The Science of Happiness: How Our Brains Make Us Happy-and What We Can Do to Get Happier

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Da Capo Press, Mar 29, 2006 - Psychology - 297 pages
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Clinical psychologists have been dealing with miserable feelings since their discipline was established. In the last 30 years, neuroscientists have made major headway in the understanding of the sources of anger, depression, and fear. Today, whole industries profit from this knowledge—producing pills for every sort of pathological mood disturbance. But until recently, few neuroscientists focused on the subject of happiness. Now, in The Science of Happiness, leading German science journalist Stefan Klein ranges widely across the latest frontiers of neuroscience and neuropsychology to explain how happiness is fostered in our brains and what biological purpose it serves (and, importantly, how we can control our negative feelings and emotions). In addition, he explains the neurophysiology of our passions (the elementary rules of which are hardwired into our brains), the power of consciousness, and how we can use it. In a final section, Klein explores the conditions required to foster the "pursuit of happiness." A remarkable synthesis of a growing body of research that has not heretofore been brought together in one accessible book, The Science of Happiness will ultimately help each of us understand our own quest for happiness—and our fostering of it, as well.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
HAPPINESS WHAT IS IT?
1
THE SECRET OF SMILING
3
POSITIVE FEELINGS AS A COMPASS
22
THE HAPPINESS SYSTEM
31
THE MALLEABLE BRAIN
48
THE PASSIONS
71
ORIGINS IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM
73
LOVE
130
FRIENDSHIP
150
PASSION A USERS MANUAL
163
A STRATEGIC CONSCIOUSNESS
179
CONQUERING OUR SHADOWS
181
THE POWER OF PERSPECTIVE
198
RAPTUROUS MOMENTS
215
A HAPPY SOCIETY
233

DESIRE
85
ENJOYMENT
104
THE DARK SIDE OF DESIRE
118
THE MAGIC TRIANGLE
235
SIX BILLION PATHS TO HAPPINESS
255
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About the author (2006)

Stefan Klein, PhD, was science editor of Der Spiegel, one of Germany's leading newsmagazines, from 1996?1999, and a staff writer with Geo magazine from 1999?2000, and he has also written for all of Germany's leading newspapers and magazines. Now a freelance writer in Berlin, he is considered one of the most influential science writers in German-speaking Europe. In 1998 he won the Georg von Holtzbrink Prize for Scientific Journalism. He is also the author of The Diaries of the Creation. He lives in TK. Translator Stephen Lehmann is the humanities librarian at the University of Pennsylvania. He co-translated Nietzsche's Human, All too Human and is the co-author of Rudolf Serkin: A Life. He lives in Swarthmore, PA.

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