Spontaneous Happiness-A New Path To Emotional Well Being
by Dr. Andrew Weill is packed with tips to achieve wellness through
various modalities including meditation, nutrition, facial exercises
and other means generally unknown to the average consumer of
Weill defines depression symptoms as having a lack of self-
esteem, insomnia, lack of energy, decreased concentration and
hopelessness. The author predicts that depression will increase
in the coming years without adequate coping strategies and
He cites vitamin D for optimum brain health and recommends
that people get tested for adequate vitamin D levels. In addition,
Weill explains that people who are depressed tend to eat more
processed foods which are nutrient deficient. The author also
links pancreatic cancer to chronic depression.
Weill attempts to fuse modern medicine with ancient wisdom
like meditation. He explains that long term meditation has
greater activation for the prefrontal cortex associated
with positive emotional states and decreased activation
of the right prefrontal cortex activity found in mood disorders.
Relaxing modalities like sitting, meditation and activities like
cooking help to curb mental restlessness. Weill discusses
the dangers of too much caffeine and alcohol indicating that
they are almost like mind altering drugs while St. John's Wort
is a good tonic for managing mood swings.
Weill teaches how to achieve deep relaxation by employing
specific facial exercises to make adjustments to the facial
mask which can tighten and become rigid. The author explains
how deep meditation helps to restructure the mind.
The author explains how social isolation and insufficient contact
with nature make depression worse. He explains the importance
of empathy, compassion and forgiveness as necessary ingredients
in the everyday struggle to cope and deal in a positive way with the
Spontaneous Happiness by Dr. Andrew Weill is very helpful for
engendering physical and mental wellness by way of the classic
meditation techniques coupled with nutrition and life style changes
aimed at preventing destructive psychosocial aspects which make
coping with life more difficult for people.
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