Happiness is so much more than just the absence of depression or anxiety. When people are actually happy and joyful, the pleasure centers of the brain light up, they feel energized, grateful, optimistic, and much more available for connection to others. The last decade has seen great advances in the science of brain plasticity and brain chemistry–advances that show that talk therapy works. When you learn to change your thoughts, you actually do change both your brain chemistry and the architecture of the brain. Not only that, but happiness improves physical health and immune functioning. Don’t settle for treatment that aims to improve depression or reduce anxiety; aspire to happiness and vibrancy.