The Chemistry of Joy Workbook: Overcoming Depression Using the Best of Brain Science, Nutrition, and the Psychology of Mindfulness (A New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook)
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
ISBN 10: 1608822257
ISBN 13: 978-1608822256
Joy comes of its own accord when we are in our naturally healthy state. Every one of us has the capacity for joy, but many forces in our lives keep us from enjoying this contented and healthy state of being.
When our resilience is depleted, we find it difficult to adapt to change, face challenges, and deal with the ups and downs life brings. If your natural resilience has been consumed by stress or depression, you can reclaim it with the resilience-building program in The Chemistry of Joy Workbook. Through the questionnaires, exercises, and practices in this guide, you’ll explore the nine pathways to restoring mood, regaining balance, and rediscovering your capacity for joy.
This book will help you reclaim your joy by teaching you to balance your body with proper nutrition and principles from ayurvedic medicine, how to settle your mind with mindfulness practices, and how to skillfully managing those "emotional tsunamis". In addition, you will learn to find the right medications and supplements, tap into the wisdom, generosity, and openness that lie within, and build your self-acceptance and connection with others.
If you are ready to reclaim your life from stress, depression, or anxiety and find deep, proufound happiness, this book will be your guide.
“Depressed? Anxious? Before you reach for a prescription, reach for The Chemistry of Joy Workbook and follow the instructions. This book is the answer and I highly recommend it!"
—Christiane Northrup, MD, ob/gyn physician and author of the New York Times bestsellers Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause
“I have recommended Henry Emmons' The Chemistry of Joy to many people. In The Chemistry of Joy Workbook, he gives practical, actionable advice on boosting emotional resilience that is completely aligned with my own philosophy of integrative mental health. If you want to experience more positive moods, you will find this book most helpful.” —Andrew Weil, MD, author of Spontaneous Happiness, Healthy Aging, Eight Weeks to Optimum Health, and other books
“This book offers a brilliant new analysis of depression as a breakdown of positive mental and physical factors, and then gives readers a powerful toolbox of methods for restoring these factors in mind, heart, and body. Grounded in science, eminently practical, focused on the positive, and full of heart, this is a great resource for feeling better and for increasing the inner strength and resilience that will prevent depressed moods in the first place.”
—Rick Hanson, PhD, author of Buddha's Brain and Just One Thing
“This is a workbook that actually works! It provides an excellent set of self-assessment tools that can help you better understand yourself and the causes of any psychological challenges you may be experiencing. It's practical and easy to understand, and it offers the opportunity for genuine insight.”
—Phillip Moffitt, founder of the Life Balance Institute and author of Emotional Chaos to Clarity and Dancing with Life
“This workbook is a true lifeline. Follow its clear, engaging, expertly designed steps and you'll experience healing and thriving like never before.”
—Raphael Cushnir, author of The One Thing Holding You Back
“The Chemistry of Joy Workbook provides a wealth of practical information and advice for anyone who struggles with depression. Using readily available therapies and simple instructions, the expert authors offer a comprehensive self-care plan that addresses the causes of depression at the levels of body, mind, and spirit.”
—James Lake, MD, chair of the International Network of Integrative Mental Health and author of the Textbook of Integrative Mental Health Care
“With extensive questionnaires, case examples, and individualized solutions covering all bases, this user-friendly workbook provides scientifically based recommendations for helping you reconnect with the joy that is your birthright. Just read and apply it—you will be happy you did!”
—Hyla Cass, MD, author of Eight Weeks to Vibrant Health
“Many great wisdom traditions tell us that joy and happiness are not conditions that have to be created anew, but are natural and innate in everyone. Our task is to remove the obstructions that prevent us from realizing the inherent delight of life. The Chemistry of Joy Workbook is a marvelous tool that can help anyone accomplish this.”
—Larry Dossey, MD, author of The Power of Premonitions and Reinventing Medicine
“The Chemistry of Joy Workbook gently, lovingly, and assuredly offers us the tools to reach the oasis of serenity we all seek, providing each of us with the opportunity to experience the best of what life has to offer.”
—David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM, author of Power Up Your Brain
“A needed synthesis for people who need a balanced approach that incorporates the best wisdom of modern psychiatry and alternative medicine. This book communicates the science of brain chemistry in a straightforward manner, explaining the medical treatment of depression in plain English for the many people who want to understand the suffering inside them. I especially appreciate the compassion and the depth of experience that informs this useful book, from beginning to end. It is a work of great expertise and great love.” —Mary Hayes Grieco, director of The Midwest Institute for Forgiveness Training and author of Unconditional Forgiveness
About the Author
Henry Emmons, MD, is a psychiatrist who integrates mind-body and natural therapies, mindfulness, and compassionate insight into his clinical work. He developed and runs the resilience training program, offered at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing in Minneapolis, MN. He is author of The Chemistry of Calm. www.partnersinresilience.comSusan Bourgerie, MA, LP, is an experienced psychotherapist and cofounder of Loring Psychotherapy and Mindfulness Center in Minneapolis, MN. She is part of the team delivering the resilience training program offered at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing.
Carolyn Denton, MA, LN, Carolyn Denton, MA, LN, is an integrative nutritionist who focuses not only on general health and disease prevention, but also nutrition as a complementary therapy for chronic and degenerative diseases. She is a member of the integrative medicine team at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing.
Sandra Kacher, MSW, LICSW, has over twenty-five years of clinical experience and is cofounder of Loring Psychotherapy and Mindfulness Center. She is a founding team member of the resilience training program at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing.