The Love Response
Your Prescription to Turn Off Fear, Anger, and Anxiety to Achieve Vibrant Health and Transform Your Life
Publication Date: January 27, 2009
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Fear, anger, and anxiety–the side effects of life’s everyday stresses–are natural and sometimes helpful, but left unchecked they can lead to a host of debilitating ailments that are now so common we assume they are unavoidable: heart disease, arthritis, gastrointestinal problems, depression, and more. There is good news, though: The key to a healthy life free of these conditions is to activate what Harvard Medical School instructor Dr. Eva Selhub calls the love response: a series of biochemical reactions that lower blood pressure, heart rate, respiration, and adrenaline levels, stimulating physical healing and reinstating balance and well-being.
A practical life-healing program, the first of its kind, The Love Response is the result of Dr. Selhub’s years of research–and clinical practice–on how to reverse the destructive physical effects of fear and stress, and banish emotional wounds from the past. Through a simple-to-use plan of awareness, breathing, visualization, and verbal command exercises, The Love Response reprograms your brain and changes your biochemistry from negative to positive, putting you on a path to long-term wellness and happiness. The Love Response is structured around the three essential building blocks of mental health:
• social love–connecting not only in your intimate relationships but with family, friends, and pets
• self-love–learning to nurture yourself with care and tenderness (often the hardest step)
• spiritual love–contributing in meaningful ways to the world beyond your personal needs
The Love Response provides all the tools you need to transform anger into compassion, release your fears, overcome shame, embrace self-acceptance, connect through empathy, and, ultimately, strengthen your natural ability to heal.
Eva M. Selhub, M.D., is a senior staff physician at the Benson Henry Institute for Mind/Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. An integrative health specialist and the founder of Alight Medicine for Learning and Healing in Newton, Massachusetts, she is also a clinical instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Selhub has lectured throughout the United States and Europe and has trained healthcare professionals across the globe. Her articles have been published in medical journals and featured in national publications including The New York Times, USA Today, Self, Shape, Fitness, and Journal of Woman’s Health, and she has appeared on television in connection with her work. Dr. Selhub lives in Boston.
Advance praise for The Love Response
“Dr. Eva Selhub shows us how to transform fear into trust, pain into joy, and hatred into love. The Love Response is beautifully written and full of wisdom that is both highly practical and deeply spiritual.”
–Dean Ornish, M.D., founder and president, Preventive Medicine Research Institute and author of The Spectrum
“In this elegant book, Dr. Eva Selhub shows how, through very precise biological mechanisms, love heals us. Read this book and heal yourself.”
“Especially relevant in today’s tumultuous times, this is a wonderful guide to healing and happiness. Through practical steps that develop and help us access our own love response, Dr. Selhub helps change the proverbial lead in our lives into gold.”
–John Ratey, M.D., clinical associate professor of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
“Eva Selhub is a gifted healer who integrates scientific medicine, wisdom traditions, and psychological insights.”
–Ted Kaptchuk, author of The Web That Has No Weaver: Understanding Chinese Medicine
“This book will change your life–it might even save it!”
–Gustav Dobos, M.D., chair of complementary and integrative medicine, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany