Healthy Pleasures

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1990-01-22
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press

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Imagine a medical treatment that can decrease heart disease, boost immune function, relieve depression, and block painwhose only side effect is that it makes you feel good. It's safe, inexpensive, and readily available, No, it's not a miracle drug; rather, these benefits come from the experience of pleasure itself. And this pleasure prescription is filled in the internal pharmacy of the brain.Psychologist Robert Ornstein and physician David Sobel deliver the latest scientific evidence that pleasuresfrom saunas to siestas, chocolate to charityand positive attitudesfrom happiness to optimismare not only enjoyable but also good for you.

Author Biography

Robert Ornstein, Ph.D., is a psychologist, brain researcher, and writer. He co-wrote The Psychology of Consciousness, which has sold more than 1 million copies worldwide, and more recently, The Healing Brain.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
The Pleasure Principlep. 1
The Pleasure Principlep. 3
Civilization and Its Displeasuresp. 8
The New Science of Mood Medicinep. 25
The Virtues of Sensualityp. 35
Coming to Your Sensesp. 37
Good Scents and Good Sexp. 65
Consuming Passionsp. 82
Why Kill Yourself to Save Your Life?p. 102
The Restp. 116
Mental Investmentp. 125
""""...and the Pursuit of Happiness""""p. 127
The Optimism Antidotep. 148
Telling Yourself a Good Storyp. 171
Investing in Yourselfp. 188
Indulging Yourselfp. 200
Selfless Pleasuresp. 222
Healthy Pleasure Pointsp. 238
Notes and Referencesp. 244
Indexp. 293
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