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

Henry Emmons, MD, Susan Bourgerie, MA, LP, Carolyn Denton, MA, LN, and Sandra Kacher, MSW, LICSW

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.

Reclaim your joy by:
• Balancing your body with proper nutrition and principles from Ayurvedic medicine
• Settling your mind with mindfulness practices
• Skillfully managing “emotional tsunamis”
• Finding the right medications and supplements
• Tapping into the wisdom, generosity, and openness that lie within
• Building your self-acceptance and connection with others

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Depressed? Anxious? Before you reach for a prescription, reach for The Chemistry of Joy Workbook….This book is the answer and I highly recommend it!
— Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause
Grounded in science, eminently practical, focused on the positive, and full of heart, this is a great resource for feeling better.
— Rick Hanson, PhD, author of Buddha’s Brain and Just One Thing
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
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
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


The Chemistry of Joy: A Three-Step Program for Overcoming Depression Through Western Science and Eastern Wisdom

Henry Emmons M.D.

The Chemistry of Joy presents Dr. Emmons’ natural approach to depression –  supplemented with medication if necessary – blending the best of Western science and Eastern philosophy to create your body’s own biochemistry of joy.

Integrating Western brain chemistry, natural and Ayurvedic medicine, Buddhist psychology, and his own joyful heart techniques, Dr. Emmons creates a practical program for each of the three types of depression: anxious depression, agitated depression, and sluggish depression. The Chemistry of Joy helps you to identify which type of depression you are experiencing and provides a specific diet and exercise plan to address it, as well as nutritional supplements and “psychology of mindfulness” exercises that can restore your body’s natural balance and energy.

This flexible approach creates newfound joy for those whose lives have been touched by depression – and pathways for all who seek to actively improve their emotional lives. The Chemistry of Joy establishes that the right psychological and spiritual balance can help create a long-term strategy for finding joy. Dr. Emmons encourages readers to increase their happiness and bring joy to their lives through new scientific and spiritual understanding.

Engaging, compelling, and sure to be life-altering, Dr. Emmons’ method is a new paradigm in the treatment of mental illness.

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The Chemistry of Joy is a valuable guide for anyone wishing to find greater exuberance and fulfillment in their life – and who doesn’t?
— Larry Dossey, M.D., author of The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things
The Chemistry of Joy is simply the best book I know on depression. And I do not speak lightly, having battled this disease myself. Henry Emmons is not only a skilled physician – he has the heart of a healer. May you find, as I have, that in the midst of depression’s deadly darkness, his words offer light and life.
— Parker J. Palmer, author of A Hidden Wholeness, Let Your Life Speak, and The Courage to Teach
What a thoughtful and caring roadmap out of depression. The Chemistry of Joy is a true gem of understanding that offers a beacon of hope for those wanting alternatives to medication.  Emmons combines several powerful modalities and distills them into clear and useful tools.
— Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D., author of Potatoes not Prozac and The Sugar Addict’s Total Recovery Program
The most important health book I’ve read this year.
— Stephen Kiesling, Editor-in-Chief, Spirituality & Health
The Chemistry of Joy will someday be required reading for every physician and healer who treats depression, because it is the only book I know of that describes a truly holistic body/mind/spirit approach to the uniqueness of each human being suffering from depression. Dr. Emmons is able to combine the best of pharmaceuticals, natural healing modalities, Ayurvedic medicine, and Buddhist practices into a comprehensive prescription that will markedly improve the lives of people suffering with depression. Finally we have available in one book the knowledge and the tools for treating depression humanely and holistically.
— Bill Manahan, M.D., Past President, American Holistic Medical Association, Assistant Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota Medical School


The Chemistry of Calm: A Powerful, Drug-Free Plan to Quiet Your Fears and Overcome Your Anxiety

Henry Emmons, M.D.

 Combining principles of cutting-edge Western neuroscience with the wisdom of established Eastern medicine and the psychology of mindfulness, The Chemistry of Calm offers up an insightful, holistic, drug-free plan to overcome stress and anxiety problems, integrating body and mind, heart and soul.

The debilitating effects of anxiety impact one’s sense of well-being, health, longevity, productivity, and relationships. In a nation in which more than 40 million people per year have a diagnosable anxiety condition, Dr. Emmons’ innovative and integrative book is a timely and much-needed guide to help people recover from and prevent relapses of anxiety and similar stress-related problems. 

Dr. Emmons’ Resilience Training Program is a groundbreaking regimen designed to relieve anxiety and restore physical and mental strength, incorporating the latest science on diet, exercise, nutritional supplements, mindfulness practice, and behavioral therapies. This step-by-step training in mental calmness and emotional wisdom focuses on ways to create health and resilience as a key to resolving anxiety in everyday life, from the ordinary to the extreme. And what’s most promising is that it has been effective even when medications are not.

 Dr. Emmons’ accessible writing style and fresh, integrative approach to medicine is poised to be an important contribution to the burgeoning interest in books on brain chemistry and mindfulness practice.

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An elegant and lyrical guide to meditation…Emmons reinforces a sweetly generous and drug-free way to tame the wild mind within.
— Publishers Weekly
The Chemistry of Calm is a gem – containing very effective and safe solutions to the thousands who daily suffer from debilitating anxiety.
— Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause
If you are looking for a natural way of dealing with fear, anxiety, and work, The Chemistry of Calm is for you. Dr. Henry Emmons offers a blueprint for a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling life that is based in solid science and deep wisdom.  At this moment in history, when our society is obsessed with pharmaceutical solutions to life’s problems, Dr. Emmons’ message is urgent. This fine book should be read by millions.”
— Larry Dossey, M.D., author of The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things
This book will change your life!  With cutting-edge science and user-friendly language, Dr. Emmons eloquently explains the underlying chemistry of anxiety, including how the brain and body function together to create it. He then offers powerful natural solutions that avoid the addictive medications that create their own problems, as I have found in my own holistic psychiatry practice. Much-needed in our stress-filled lives, this book has the tools to make a difference to millions.  I highly recommend it!
— Hyla Cass, M.D., psychiatrist and author of 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health

Audio Recordings

Pathways to Joy

Pathways to Joy is a set of recorded meditations, available as a downloadable digital file, that you can use as practices for daily living, as a path to inner wisdom, or as a companion to The Chemistry of Joy Workbook.

The meditations are designed to help create resilience, to strengthen emotional skills, and to deepen your connection with Body, Mind and Heart. They can be used by anyone, regardless of their experience with meditation.

Resilience is essential to a joyful life. When you have a deep source of resilience and the skills to maintain it, you are able to adapt to change, face challenges, and deal with life’s inevitable stresses.

Just a Minute Meditation
Walking Meditation
Seated Meditation
Sensing Emotion
Healing the Rejected Self
Loving Kindness
Heart Opening
Cultivating a Generous Heart

Pathways to Joy is downloaded as a compressed file. Once decompressed, the file is playable on any digital audio player.