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Wired For Joy: A Revolutionary Method for Creating Happiness from Within

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  191 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Can you imagine a world where drug companies throw bake sales to make ends meet? A world without all the jaw clenching, nail biting, and stress-induced melt downs? Eighty percent of health problems today are due to the downstream effects of stress, so learning to break free from stress could dramatically improve your mood, your relationships, your health––and your life.

Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 15th 2010 by Hay House (first published 2007)
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Dec 19, 2010 rated it it was ok
While I totally buy in to the Emotional Brain Training method described in this book (it's a neuroscience-based method of stress reduction), the book is exceedingly poorly written. It's full not only of typos, but also misuse of punctuation and just generally awkward writing style. You can probably learn enough about the method online and from user testimonials without having to read the book. Maybe her first book is better. Meh. ...more
Jul 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
While I typically really get into the "woo woo spirituality" type books, this one just didn't connect with me at all. I gave it 100 pages and bailed. There were lots of typos, the fake journey of "George" was just irritating, and while some of the science behind EBT makes sense this book was just annoying and I couldn't get through it. ...more
Jesse Weinberger
Apr 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Just starting Wired for Joy by NYT Bestselling author: Laurel Mellin.

Fascinating book about choosing happiness and how to re-wire yourself to accept and expect happiness. The study on mirror neurons are just amazing.

If you're looking for some happy - start here!
Paul Stazel
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is excellent for someone who has some knowledge of the nature of our emotional and behavioral selves. Wired for Joy has given me new found freedom in my everyday activities and opened my mind up to more abstract and creative thinking.
May 20, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The stress response ends up being recruited chronically, and can even cannibalize the joy response, as the brain cannot be in a state of joy and stress at the same time. One of the two swamps the other. This is why the relentless pursuit of natural joy may be the most effective defense against stress. (p.3)

“Joy is spiritual and far grittier than happiness, and far more robust.” (p.7)

“Often people go to great lengths to avoid feeling their emotions because it scares them…The truth is that if you
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Laurel Mellin changed my life. More accurately, she taught me to change my own life. Not in the large scale ways like a better house/more money/even losing weight. By using her method I changed my life in the small ways that affect each moment. I no longer live with anxiety. I now listen to people talk about their fears and I remember how much I was frozen by mine. I was afraid of people, afraid of life. Like so many people, I can tell you the story of my early abandonment and how that froze me ...more
Great ideas, poor execution

Laurel Mellin really takes a roundabout way to get to the core ideas in her book: many mood disorders stem from being out of touch with your own emotions and stress levels, and you can learn habits of experiencing your feelings and responding to them healthily. My recommendation is to skim the book and mark the passages that explain brain States and tools, and only take the time to read her roundabout examples when she struggles to express her theories.
Rafael Alves
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is very well written, with both theorethical and a case study parts to go along with.
The model used is a mix of a neurobiological-cognitivist approach to stress, meaning it links the brain functioning with active mental tools you can use to master your own biology.
She is able to make a self aware technique directly linked to the three brain theory, something i wouldn't think of.

Categorizes stress in 5 levels, up from The Jolly Green Giant to The Hulk, and to each level there is a speci
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I give this book five stars, not because it's brilliantly written, but because of the tremendous impact it has made on my life so far. I have been trying to follow the methods in the book, and I think they have really improved my overall mood and my relationships with others. This book is really different from other approaches because not only are you instructed to uncover your true feelings, but you also learn how to make proactive, positive changes in your life. I felt very empowered after rea ...more
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book gave me insight to how my emotions affect me and my interactions with the world around me. I have taken the basic premise of the book which is being aware of the level I am at. The tools help to change the way you think and give you more than just a healthy thought. The story of the family in the book helps you relate the tools to everyday situations.
Giving people these tools gives them the chance to recognise that the brain is a sensitive organ that controls our whole body system.
Jane Glen
Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
At last- this is one of those books you read in small chunks and try to absorb a little at a time. Excellent for anyone, but for those of us that tend to move towards high stress easily, it provides tools to reclaim one's joy (not to be confused with happiness). This fits exceedingly well with the self-regulation therapy that I underwent for anxiety. It also has an on-line tool to guide you, so it helps to remember the needed steps. ...more
Shira Reiss
So many of these types of books describe methods for happiness...They are all a positive way to get "back on track", but there is "nothing new under the sun".... Each book is just worded in a different manner.... But, it is a good reminder that we are responsible for creating our own happiness by changing our thinking and therefore changing pathways in the brain for reacting certain ways. ...more
Aug 29, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After deciding I wanted to make some changes in my life, I picked this book up at Barnes & Noble. I did not know anything about Emotional Brain Training (or EBT), or the author (Laurel Mellin), however, I picked up some useful tips on remaining calm in strenuous situations.
R. J
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
The author has a great method that helps change my way of thinking about things.
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This method helped me rebuild those mental connections that can ruin you. Powerful!
Apr 23, 2011 rated it liked it
This was an interesting book and concept but the writing and organization of the book fell short for me.
Dec 04, 2011 rated it liked it
EBT makes sense. If you are interested I would recommend going online, also.
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book to learn how stress is perceived in the brain and hardwired. Simple tools to rewire the brain from stress back to JOY!
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Laurel Mellin is a New York Times Bestselling Author, founder of Emotional Brain Training and Associate Clinical Professor, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco. She is a health psychologist and researcher whose work has been featured in top media outlets, Today, Good Morning America, Oprah, and in Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, and whose work was named one of the Top 10 ...more

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“The focus on thinking rather than emotions is a major reason that so many highly intelligent, highly educated people have so many stress symptoms: they learned early in life to get their moment-to-moment security—safety, nurturance, love—from thinking and doing, rather than from their emotional connection to themselves.” 0 likes
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