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The Chemistry of Joy Workbook
Overcoming Depression Using the Best of Brain Science, Nutrition, and the Psychology of Mindfulness
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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.

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  • “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

  • 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

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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

  • “Henry Emmons has done it again! A joyful way to take advantage of the healing he brings to us. What a great tool and a visionary message!”
    —Kathleen DesMaisons, PhD, author of Potatoes Not Prozac

    “This is a well-organized and clearly written book that shows a step-by-step process that enables the reader to create a richer and more meaningful internal life.”
    —Pia Mellody, author of Facing Codependence and The Intimacy Factor

    “If there were one book I could give to every person who wants to love the life they are living and live the life they love, it would be this one. It is fertilizer for the life force that is your birthright.” —Dawna Markova, PhD, author of I Will Not Die an Unlived Life, Wide Open, and coeditor of Random Acts of Kindness

    “This book is an outstanding example of the emerging field of the mind-body-diet connection. It represents a clinically validated pathway to increased happiness that translates into a greater joy of life.” —Barry Sears, PhD, author of The Zone

    The Chemistry of Joy has helped many people who suffer from depression not only survive, but thrive. This workbook will multiply those numbers as it leads the reader through a series of reflective exercises and practices that flow from the notion that personal change comes from self-acceptance. In true Henry Emmons style, the approach is well-grounded and serious but appropriately lighthearted—exactly what's needed by people who are weighed down with self-reproach. In the words of a Buddhist teacher whose spirit reminds me of Emmons’, ‘You are perfect as you are—and you could use a little improvement!’”
    —Parker J. Palmer, author of Healing the Heart of Democracy, Let Your Life Speak, and The Courage to Teach

    “This workbook mirrors Emmons himself in many ways: it is kind, insightful, supportive, practical, and wise. Here is a fabulous tool for those struggling with depression. The authors have created the best guide available to become happier and more resilient.”
    —Scott Shannon, MD, psychiatrist and assistant clinical professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Colorado

    The Chemistry of Joy Workbook is not just another self-help workbook. Henry Emmons, Susan Bourgerie, Carolyn Denton, and Sandra Kacher have created a remarkable roadmap to rediscovering our innate potential for flourishing, optimum health. They remind us that the next revolution in healthcare does not lie in the discovery of more medical magic bullets but in supporting our potential for resilience. This workbook will be an invaluable resource for my patients and for me. I look forward to walking the pathways to health with them.”
    —James Duffy, MD, FANPA, psychiatrist and chief of integrative medicine at Sierra Tucson

    “Blending the wisdom of traditional healing approaches with the rigor of scientific strategies, The Chemistry of Joy Workbook is filled with insightful ideas and empowering practices that will not only help to heal the despair and isolation of individuals with depression, but will serve as a guide to personal growth and transformation at the heart of living a life of meaning, connection, and well-being. Soak in these healing suggestions and give yourself the beginnings of a new way of life.”
    —Daniel J. Siegel, MD, executive director of the Mindsight Institute and clinical professor at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine

    “As I read through The Chemistry of Joy Workbook, the word heuristic repeatedly came to mind. A ‘heuristic’ is an experience-based technique for problem solving, learning, and discovery. Henry Emmons and team have written a book rich in heuristic-like solutions to an eternal dilemma: Why are we unhappy and how does this lack of joy further complicate our lives? Step by step, and through a brilliant journal-like design, The Chemistry of Joy Workbook identifies and unravels the obstacles to the science of satisfaction.”
    —Peter D'Adamo, ND, MIFHI, author of Eat Right 4 Your Type and director, Center of Excellence in Generative Medicine, University of Bridgeport

    “A thoughtful, user-friendly, wide-ranging guide to attitudes and practices that will make your journey through depression easier, faster, and more fruitful.”
    —James S. Gordon, MD, founder and director of The Center for Mind Body Medicine and author of Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression


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