Healthy Pleasures


By Robert Ornstein and David Sobel

Imagine a medical treatment that can decrease heart disease, boost immune function, relieve depression, and block pain—whose only side effect is that it makes you feel good. It’s safe, inexpensive, and readily available, No, it’s not a miracle drug; rather, these benefits come from the experience of pleasure itself. And this pleasure prescription is filled in the internal pharmacy of the brain.Psychologist Robert Ornstein and physician David Sobel deliver the latest scientific evidence that pleasures—from saunas to siestas, chocolate to charity—and positive attitudes—from happiness to optimism—are not only enjoyable but also good for you.

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Robert Ornstein, Ph.D., is a psychologist, brain researcher, and writer. He co-wrote The Psychology of Consciousness, which has sold more than 1 million copies worldwide, and more recently, The Healing Brain.

David Sobel, M.D., M.P.H., is a practicing physician and regional Director of Patient Education and Health Promotion for Kaiser Permanente Northern California. He has written seven books, including The Healing Brain, Healthy Pleasures and Mind & Body Health Handbook. He is the Director for ISHK Center for Health Sciences.