I finished the Science of Happiness: How Our Brains Make Us Happy-and What We Can Do to Get Happier by Stefan Klein this week. I can’t say that this is a book for everyone. But I definitely liked it. Reading the about the reactions in the brain that explain why I think or behave a certain way was so interesting. So many things I thought were limited to me, or that made me “odd” are actually pretty common. I’m not going to go into all the details because I’m sure you all already think I’m crazy, but I really enjoyed this book. It helped me come to terms with choices I make, with things I feel. It also helped me realize things I can do help with those feelings. Ok that sounds completely vague, you need an example. I’m a restless person, I get restless with work, with my house, with my relationships. I rearrange my house or my apartment pretty regularly, about every 6 months. There are reasons for that! It’s not craziness and I realize that doing it is a good thing.
The appeal of this book is that it tells you that by explaining what’s happening in your brain it also explains how you can change or affect some of those reactions. It’s a book about the science of the brain and the chemicals and reactions that happen there. Klein also readily admits that there is still so much not known about the brain and that much of the research has been done on men. If you’re interested in the science “what makes you tick” this is a great book.