Uncovering Happiness with Elisha Goldstein
Overcoming Depression With Mindfulness & Self-Compassion
- Discuss how to use your mind to change your brain and your life—harnessing your brain's own natural anti-depressant power to uncover the happiness that is always there in your everyday life.
- Describe how the elements of mindfulness, compassion, self-compassion, play, and purpose help us to overcome stress, anxiety, depression, addiction, relationship issues, and even our sleep problems.
- Practice and observe the power of mindfulness and explain how to effectively utilize it as a foundational practice in your everyday life—rewiring the brain to create a sense of resilience and happiness.
In seven simple steps, Uncovering Happiness uses cutting-edge mindfulness and self-compassion techniques along with innovations in neuroscience to release natural antidepressants in the brain. Dr. Goldstein shows you how to take back control of your mind, your mood, and your life.
Most of us believe when we’re depressed that our situation is hopeless. That’s a mistake, Dr. Elisha Goldstein reassures us in Uncovering Happiness. The secret to overcoming depression and uncovering happiness is in harnessing our brain’s own natural antidepressant power and ultimately creating a more resilient antidepressant brain. Uncovering Happiness is grounded in two key foundations: mindfulness and self-compassion, and backed by recent scientific discoveries. New research shows that mindfulness reduces the risk of relapse in people who have experienced depression and can be a significant alternative, or supplement, to medication. The second foundation is self-compassion—a state of mind in which you understand your own suffering with an inclination to support yourself. Goldstein explores our natural antidepressants—along with mindfulness and self-compassion, also purpose, play, and confidence—and offers specific techniques for putting them into action. Together, these elements can transform something that typically forces us to spiral downward and turn it into an upward spiral of self-worth and resiliency.
At its core, Uncovering Happiness contains a persuasive argument for hope: Having had depression in the past doesn’t mean you must also suffer from it in the future. You can build up the sections of the brain that protect you from depression, and slow down the sections that foster it. Doing this allows the brain’s own natural antidepressants to emerge, grow stronger, and contribute powerfully to the resiliency that we need to enjoy the good times, survive difficult times, and open ourselves up to lives that truly feel worth living.
Running Time: 1 hour 26 mins
This audio workshop summarizes the highlights of the complete book, Uncovering Happiness. It's a great way to revisit the nuggets of Elisha Goldstein's wonderful self-compassion approach to mindfulness.
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. is co-founder of The Center for Mindful Living in West Los Angeles. He is a psychologist, author and speaker who synthesizes the pearls of traditional psychotherapy with a progressive integration of mindfulness to achieve mental and emotional healing. Dr. Goldstein contends that we have the power to transform our traumas and habitual patterns that keep us stuck in perpetual cycles of stress, anxiety, depression, or addiction and step into greater freedom and peace. He offers practical strategies to calm our anxious minds, transform negative emotions, and facilitate greater self acceptance, freedom and inner peace.
PreviewWelcome & Introduction (5:35)
PreviewResiliency and an Anti-Depressant Brain (16:56)
PreviewThe Brain and its Negativity Bias (3:52)
StartDepression, Overwhelm, and its Neurobiology (6:45)
StartWorking with the Mindtrap of Thoughts (5:53)
StartEncouraging Positive Thinking (6:34)
StartMindfulness is The 1st Natural Anti-Depressant (16:41)
StartCompassion is the 2nd Natural Anti-Depressant (11:37)
StartFinding a Purpose is the 3rd Natural Anti-Depressant (6:31)
StartPlay is the 4th Natural Anti-Depressant (6:26)
StartAn Attitude of Learning is the 5th Natural Anti-Depressant (5:43)
StartConclusion and a Call to Action (4:02)