June 24

Extreme Biology

Monday’s Big Idea

Spontaneous Happiness

Holistic health expert Dr. Andrew Weil sees an emotional health crisis in America. Not only are an alarming number of people suffering from mild to severe depression, the biomedical model is failing to help them. 

Dr. Weil's prescription for what he calls spontaneous happiness includes lifestyle, behavioral and dietary changes that draw from a vast array of ancient and modern therapies including Ayurveda, acupuncture, herbal medicine, psychotherapy, exercise therapy, mindfulness training, and much more.

In today's lesson, Weil explains how happiness really comes from the inside, and is not the result of external fortune. Therefore, your health and your happiness is in your own hands. 

 

  1. 1 The Pursuit of Happiness
  2. 2 Daniel Kahneman: Why Moving to Ca...
  3. 3 Buddhism as a “Science of the Mind”
  4. 4 Pursuing Isn't Being: Why The Pur...
   
  1. The Pursuit of Happiness

    The Pursuit of Happiness

    The idea that "true happiness" is of a uniformly high emotional pitch, and our tendency to expect it from external things ironically ends up causing us a great deal of suffering. 

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  2. Daniel Kahneman: Why Moving to California Won’t Make You Happy

    Daniel Kahneman: Why Moving to California Won’t Make You Happy

    In some crucial areas of human cognition, we don’t know and we can’t fully trust ourselves. On the bright side, Daniel Kahneman’s work shows that the kinds of errors we tend to make are extremely predictable.   

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  3. Buddhism as a “Science of the Mind”

    Buddhism as a “Science of the Mind”

    It’s early days still for the neuroscience of meditation, but Kadam Morten, a teacher in the New Kadampa tradition of Buddhism, argues that the Buddha (Gautama Buddha, who lived in India approximately 2500 years ago) was the creator of a “science of the mind.”

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  4. Pursuing Isn't Being: Why The Pursuit of Happiness Might Undermine Being Happy

    Pursuing Isn't Being: Why The Pursuit of Happiness Might Undermine Being Happy

    Actively pursuing happiness may not lead to an actual increase in happiness. In fact, it can do the opposite and make you less happy at the end of the day. 

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