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Modern Discoveries in Neuroscience... And What They Reveal About You (Collection) by Masao Ito, Dale Purves, Miriam Boleyn-Fitzgerald, Andrew Koob

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3. Happiness on the brain

Happiness makes us—happy. It’s our favorite state of mind. We might not be experts at finding it, but we know it when we see it—and we’d like a map to the rest of it, please. (We promise to share. Happy people are generous, too.)

The brain’s power to heal from illness and injury couldn’t be a hotter topic these days, but what does this uplifting insight into our neural resiliency mean for those of us walking around with a “normal” baseline of mental health? Even if we’ve never battled chronic anger or anxiety, depression or panic—thanks perhaps to cool temperament, smooth circumstances, or a lucky combination of both—even the steadiest among us might wonder if there’s more to life than just riding the waves. Is there ...

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