Doctor Stella Resnick’s Secret of Happiness

I had dinner the other night with Dr. Stella Resnick, a friend for over thirty years now, and a famous psychotherapist specializing in sexuality and pleasure. She had just moved her practice into a beautiful new office in the Flynt Building at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and La Cienega just south of West Hollywood, and her book The Pleasure Zone: Why We Resist Good Feelings & How To Let Go and Be Happy beamed from her bookshelves in half a dozen languages (I think she told me it’s in print in nine languages right now). I had to have one, and, happily, she wanted a copy of my CD What Living’s All About, so we traded inscribed copies.

Stella’s book to me is a philosophy of life. It’s about living in the moment and appreciating it to its fullest. It’s about breathing to relaxation. It’s about bonding, love, and nurturing, as well as being truly present to receive these gifts. Certainly, with Stella’s expertise, she has plenty of wise words about the sexual experience, and also about spirituality, pain relief, laughter, play, movement, and emotional communication. I am greatly enjoying this read and recommend it heartily!