|Published:||May 29th 2018||Pages:||352|
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, 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?
Dean Burnett, bestselling author of The Idiot Brain, combines cutting-edge theories of the science of emotions with interviews of dozens of people on the happiness scale, from relationship coaches to celebrity millionaires, in an attempt to unveil what makes our happy-dometer tick. Witty and perceptive, humorous and enlightening, The Happy Brain explores a fascinating aspect of modern neuroscience and in the process discovers something about what it means to be human.
Dean Burnett, PhD, is a neuroscientist and a stand-up comedian. He is based at the Centre for Medical Education at Cardiff University. His widely praisedGuardianscience blog,Brain Flapping, has been viewed more than sixteen million times in the last three years. He is the author ofThe Idiot Brain: A Neuroscientist Explains What Your Head Is Really Up To. Follow him on Twitter @garwboy.