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Book Review: Spontaneous Happiness by Dr. Andrew Weill

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Spontaneous Happiness: A New Path To Emotional Well Being by Dr. Andrew Weill is packed with tips to achieve wellness through various modalities including meditation, nutrition, facial exercises and other means generally unknown to the average consumer of medical services.

Weill defines depression symptoms as having a lack of self-esteem, insomnia, lack of energy, decreased concentration and hopelessness. The author predicts that depression will increase in the coming years without adequate coping strategies and intervention.

He cites vitamin D for optimum brain health and recommends that people get tested for adequate vitamin D levels. In addition, Weill explains that people who are depressed tend to eat more processed foods which are nutrient deficient. The author also links pancreatic cancer to chronic depression.

Weill attempts to fuse modern medicine with ancient wisdom like meditation. He explains that long term meditation has greater activation for the prefrontal cortex associated with positive emotional states and decreased activation of the right prefrontal cortex activity found in mood disorders.

Relaxing modalities like sitting, meditation and activities; such as, cooking help to curb mental restlessness. Weill discusses the dangers of too much caffeine and alcohol indicating that they are almost like mind altering drugs while St. John’s Wort is a good tonic for managing mood swings.

Weill teaches how to achieve deep relaxation by employing specific facial exercises to make adjustments to the facial mask which can tighten and become rigid. The author explains how deep meditation helps to restructure the mind.

The author also explains how social isolation and insufficient contact with nature make depression worse. He discusses the importance of empathy, compassion and forgiveness as necessary ingredients in the everyday struggle to cope and deal in a positive way with the world.

Spontaneous Happiness is very helpful for  engendering physical and mental wellness by way of the classic meditation techniques coupled with nutrition and life style changes aimed at preventing destructive psychosocial aspects which make coping with life more difficult for people.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.