Happy Brain

Where Happiness Comes From, and Why

Dean Burnett (Author, Cardiff University)

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Neuroscientist Dean Burnett dives into the squishy science and bubbly feelings of what happiness means.

The pursuit of happiness is one of the most common and enduring quests of human life. It’s what drives us to get a job, fall in love, watch stand-up comedy, go to therapy, have questionable obsessions, and come home at the end of the day. But where does happiness come from, and why do we need it so much? Is lasting, permanent happiness possible—or should it be? And what does any of this have to do with the brain?

In this delightful sequel to Idiot Brain, Dean Burnett explores these questions from a neuroscientific perspective. He combines the latest research and theories about how the brain works with interviews and contributions from relevant individuals, such as relationship experts, psychology professors, comedy writers, celebrities, millionaire gurus, and pretty much anyone else involved in bringing about happiness in others. Distinguished by Burnett’s signature wit and curiosity, Happy Brain elucidates our understanding of what happiness actually is, where it comes from, and what exactly is going on in our brains when we’re in a cheery state. Humorous and enlightening, Happy Brain explores a fascinating aspect of modern neuroscience and, in the process, reveals something about what it means to be human.

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • May 2018
  • ISBN 978-0-393-65134-8
  • 6.5 × 9.6 in / 352 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Singapore and Malaysia, but excluding Canada, the rest of the British Commonwealth and the European Union.

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  1. Book CoverHappy Brain: Where Happiness Comes From, and Why


Endorsements & Reviews

“You should read this funny, stimulating and rewarding book. You’ll be happy you did.” — The Guardian

“Dean Burnett is a real funny cat, and I adore him and his brain.” — Whoopi Goldberg

“Charming... Dean Burnett approaches the complex, often fleeting, state of mental satisfaction with ebullient curiosity and wonder.” — Salon

“Burnett's description of the neurochemistry of love and its affiliated emotions is worth the price of admission... a pleasing tour of the brain and its feel-good longings.” — Kirkus

“We all want to be happy. But have you ever stopped to consider where happiness comes from? This scientific book delivers a thorough answer. And while Dean Burnett promises that Happy Brain isn’t a self-help book, you’ll still learn fascinating insights into how your brain processes happiness.” — Hello Giggles

“Readers seeking an overview of the current research on happiness, who appreciate British humor, should find it enjoyable and enlightening.” — Library Journal

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