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The Happy Brain

Dean Burnett

Neuroscientist Dean Burnett, author of the acclaimed The Idiot Brain, investigates the Science of Happiness. Or whether such a thing even exists.

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Funny, wise and absolutely fascinating.’ Adam Kay, author of This Is Going to Hurt

Do you want to be happy?

If so – read on.

This book has all the answers*

In The Happy Brain, neuroscientist Dean Burnett delves deep into the inner workings of our minds to explore some fundamental questions about happiness. What does it actually mean to be happy? Where does it come from? And what, really, is the point of it? Forget searching for the secret of happiness through lifestyle fads or cod philosophy — Burnett reveals the often surprising truth behind what make us tick. From whether happiness really begins at home (spoiler alert: yes – sort of) to what love, sex, friendship, wealth, laughter and success actually do to our brains, this book offers a uniquely entertaining insight into what it means to be human.

*Not really. Sorry. But it does have some very interesting questions, and at least the occasional answer.

Critic Reviews

‘Pop psychology at its finest.’

Critic Reviews

’The Burnett method is to combine a chatty style with hundreds of academic endnotes, interviews with “experts” (including Charlotte Church on fame and Rhod Gilbert on comedy) and personal anecdotes, and on the whole it is very effective...you should read this funny, stimulating and rewarding book. You’ll be happy you did.’

Katy Guest, Guardian
Critic Reviews

Read this funny, stimulating and rewarding book. You'll be happy you did.

Critic Reviews

Fascinating . . . Endlessly thought-provoking and richly entertaining.

Daily Mail

Dean Burnett is a neuroscientist, blogger, sometimes-comedian and author. He lives in Cardiff, and is currently an honorary research associate at the Cardiff University Psychology School. He is an ambassador for the mental health charity ReThink, and has received the Public Engagement of Neuroscience award from the British Neuroscience Association. His books The Idiot Brain and The Happy Brain were…

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