Chapter 1. A Healthy Emotional System
What is emotional health? The seven systems; Stability and equilibrium; The importance of feelings; Pursuit of happiness; Imagine a journey.
Sidebar: The mind-body connection
Chapter 2. Oneness: The Healthy Emotional System Seeks Connection
A powerful, personal connection; Oneness in personal relationships: Intimacy; Oneness with ideals: Transcendence; Oneness with aspirations: Satisfaction; Oneness with self: Confidence and contentment; Stop, look, feel; The root of all emotion.
Chapter 3. Sorrowing: The Healthy Emotional System Seeks Resolution
The time is now; Getting back to oneness; A personal story; Stuck feelings and old wounds; Sorrowing through the arts; The sorrow point; Clearing feelings; The courage to begin.
Sidebar: Cognitive dissonance theory
Chapter 4. The Art of the Truth
Mindfulness; Authenticity inside and out; Optimism; Obstacles to truthfulness.
Sidebar: Making sense of feelings
Chapter 5. Moving On
Personal narratives; Newness.
Sidebar: Locus of Control
Chapter 6. The Circle of Emotions
An all-encompassing circle; Similar feelings, different feelings; Trusting the circle.
Sidebar: Cycles and circles
Chapter 7. Feeling Follows Attention
It’s all about attention; Managing feelings through attention; Attention grabbers.
Sidebar: Preoccupation with self
Chapter 8. Love
Noticing commitment and momentum; Personal love; Transcendent love; Searching for love.
Sidebar: Love and the arts
Chapter 9. Social Connection
The importance of connection; Commitment; Momentum; Momentum and social bonding; Social networks and their rewards.
Sidebar: Size of interpersonal networks
Chapter 10. Happiness
Happiness and the emotional system; A state of being; Happiness triggers; Getting to happier (part A); Getting to happier (part B); Balance in an unbalanced world.
Chapter 11. Grief and Sadness
Grief; Grieving through losses; Ordinary losses; Clearing up inner garbage; Sadness; Long term sadness; Recovery.
Sidebar: Sadness and depression
Chapter 12. Anger and Hatred
Victim of what?; An irrational force; Passing through anger; The habit of anger; Inner rage; Constructive use of anger; Hatred; What is under the anger.
Sidebar: Road rage
Chapter 13. Fear and Excitement
Powerful fear; A future orientation; The unknown; Fear by association; Worry; The worry wall; Processing fear; Beyond feeling afraid; Excitement.
Sidebar: Uncertainty that undermines happiness
Chapter 14. Fluid Feelings
Mixed feelings; Social animals, social emotions; Insecurity and “cool”; Patterns of emotion.
Chapter 15. Self Love
Sidebar: The mirror exercise