Embrace Joy Chapter 3


The Biology of Joy

Our feelings of joy have many facets: compassion, love, happiness, laughter, contentment. These positive feelings are a message from the limbic area of the brain, telling us that things are going well. Current research is exploring how the hormones and neurotransmitters connected with our joyful feelings—especially dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin--may influence our longevity and quality of life. Joyful people have been found, in some studies, to have less pain, better cardiovascular health, and better memory.


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CHAPTER 1

The Power of Embracing Joy

Sharing a smile or laugh benefits health by countering the physiologic effects of stress.
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The Biology of Joy

A growing body of research shows that our positive emotions boost our health and longevity.
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CHAPTER 6

The Joy of Motherhood

The first moments of connection between a mother and baby ensure a strong, nurturing relationship.
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CHAPTER 10

Joy & Relationships

Relationships are the foundation of every aspect of our lives—longevity, health, wisdom and happiness.
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CHAPTER 17

A Long, Joyful Life

When people have a clear purpose and take pleasure in life's many joys, they tend to live longer.
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