“Science of a Happy Brain brings up several issues that both plague our society and provide hope for the future. In our modern society, which seemingly provides everything that one would believe one needs, isolation and despair seem to rule. Dr. Jay Kumar gives some tantalizing thoughts, based on novel science results, and makes the case that our happy brains might be the answer to both personal and societal issues that seem too complex to tackle.”
Deepak Chopra M.D., FACP, is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation, and has published a large number of books, many of them NY Times Bestsellers.
“In his inspiring new book, Science of a Happy Brain, Dr. Jay offers a fresh perspective on the age-old quest for happiness and shows us how to move from a despairing brain to a Happy Brain. He explains why the disease of despair has risen to epic proportions, while pointing out how anger, anxiety, addiction, isolation, depression, disconnection, stress (and more) are hijacking our happiness. But he also offers hope and guidance, along with ways to understand the inner workings of our brains—urging us not just to survive, but to thrive. Science of a Happy Brain is rich with wisdom and hard science, blended together and carefully explained so non-scientific minds can grasp. Dr. Jay shares a life-changing trauma that led him into despair and also shares how it inspired him to take on his life’s mission for helping people create happiness. Perhaps one of the most important questions he poses is: What is happiness to you? Answering that question gives you a running start in discovering the secret to your Happy Brain that he relays in his book.”
Lexie Brockway Potamkin, author, What Is Spirit?
“Science of a Happy Brain is contextually framed by recent advances in social neuroscience; a field that has provided integrated insights into the neurobiological pathways that contribute to the salutary effects of social relationships on psychological and physical health. Drawing upon personal events and shared stories, as well as broad cultural and religious perspectives, Dr. Jay Kumar brings to life the scientific links between social connections and psychological well-being, and provides strategies with the goal for fostering gratitude, kindness, and compassion toward the development of happiness discovered in meaningful attachments to others and to causes larger than ourselves.”
Michael R. Irwin, M.D.
Cousins Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Distinguished Professor of Psychology, UCLA College of Letters and Sciences
Director, Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology
Director, Mindful Awareness Research Center
Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA
“Science of a Happy Brain outlines valuable lessons each and every one of us can learn about the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual evolution of the human brain. From the Stone Age to the Present Age, Dr. Jay unleashes the antidote to anger, anxiety, addiction, and the worst culprit of all—social isolation. Via the marriage of science and spirituality, Dr. Jay reinforces the key factors that result in healthy interactions—the need for value, the need for belonging, and the need for engagement. This book is a must keep on your nightstand to read and reread every time your brain reverts back to the survival brain your ancestors had back in the Stone Age. The end result, a happy brain equals happy people equals a happy world. I would highly recommend anyone and everyone to take Dr. Jay’s Happiness course!”
Arica Hilton, President at Hilton Asmus Contemporary
“There are certainly many books on happiness that one can find in the market. But rare is a book that makes sense both scientifically and socially. Science of a Happy Brain by Dr. Jay Kumar addresses issues of immediate concern to our modern society and individual human beings making up all societies. He makes the case that bringing back long-forgotten aspects of our core humanity is very much needed. Working from scientific findings and coupled with years of experience from teaching in the subject, Dr. Jay Kumar eloquently makes the case of an undeniable truth—to socialize is to survive, to tribe is to thrive. Bringing in his own perspective and experience with life’s challenges, makes the book a warm, human testimony, beyond just a strong academic work. His thesis and practical steps all provide hope that a better future is indeed our birthright—in congruence with our happy brains—pointing to a bright future for society as well.”
Menas C. Kafatos is the Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor of Computational Physics at Chapman University. He is the co-author of The Conscious Universe (Springer), co-author with Deepak Chopra of the NY Times Bestseller You Are the Universe (Harmony), and author of Living the Living Presence in Korean and Greek.
“In this empowering work—drawn from his personal experience, self-reflection, and growth—Dr. Jay offers a simple and clear road map to understanding and applying strategies that will help you identify and build your Happy Brain. Science of a Happy Brain is guaranteed to grab you intellectually, touch you emotionally, and awaken you spiritually while deepening your connection and communication with yourself, your family, and the society that you live in. A must read for every parent who wants to raise children to thrive.”
Roma Khetarpal, founder of Tools of Growth, educator, and author of the award-winning book, The “Perfect” Parent.