Exuberance: The Passion for Life
the psychology of happiness is becoming on one of the newest fields of research, and i think that's awesome. for so long, the field has focused on the depressing things, the crazy things, no one has thought to look at positive emotions and why they happen. which is ironic, in a way, because you would think if you could increase positive events/emotions in say, a depressed person's life, it would help their ...more
Pros: she provides detailed biographical examples of the prominently exuberant (Teddy Roosevelt, John Muir, Winston Churchill, FDR, James Watson, Walt Whitman, and others); she adequately addresses the detriments of exuberance gone too far (mania, war); and she touts t ...more
history, poetry, or literature. This book is particul ...more
Jamison points out the etymological difference between "enthusiasm" and "exuberance"--one is a divine inspiration found inside, the other is a fertile overflow that is transmitted to others. She quotes Winston Churchill as having said, "We are all worms. But I do believe th ...more
In three controversial if well-received books, Jamison previously examined manic depression, bipolar personality disorder, suicide, and their relation to creativity. Exuberance, which explores the biological and evolutionary roots of happiness, switches gears. Jamison approaches her subject by offering up diverse case studies, from animals to the accomplishments of writers, politicians, and scientists. While entertaining and informative (few scientists study happiness), her unflagging exuberance...more
"It is a curious request to make of God. 'Shield your joyous ones', asks the Anglican prayer: 'Shield your joyous ones'. God is more usually asked to watch over those who are ill or in despair."
Unfortunately, Kay Redfield Jamison's examples of human exuberance are almost all white men; nevertheless, this is an incredibly enjoyable read. It made me happy to be alive.