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We live in a time of information abundance, which far too many of us see as information overload. With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at our fingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think is an evolving roadmap to the best thinking on the planet — the ideas that can help you think flexibly and act decisively in a multivariate world.

A word about Big Ideas and Themes — The architecture of Big Think

Big ideas are lenses for envisioning the future. Every article and video on bigthink.com and on our learning platforms is based on an emerging “big idea” that is significant, widely relevant, and actionable. We’re sifting the noise for the questions and insights that have the power to change all of our lives, for decades to come. For example, reverse-engineering is a big idea in that the concept is increasingly useful across multiple disciplines, from education to nanotechnology.

Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

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Spontaneous Happiness

The Big Idea for Saturday, June 15, 2013

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 Is Your Lifestyle Making You Unhappy?
    Big Think Editors Big Think Mentor
  2. 2 Want to Be Happy? Don't Pursue Happiness
    Steven Mazie Praxis
  3. 3 Happiness and the Brain
    Sam Wang
  4. 4 The Happiness Paradox
    Dacher Keltner

Spontaneous Happiness

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