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The Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness: A Four-Step Plan for Resilient Living

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Happiness is a habit. For some of us, that habit is a natural inclination; for others, it is a learned behavior. The Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness combines wisdom from neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, and spirituality to help you choose contentment. Dr. Amit Sood's actionable ten -- week program has helped tens of thousands of people reduce anxiety and find greater fulfillment in life. Each of the book's four sections is filled with practical insights and easy -- to -- implement exercises. You'll understand why your brain struggles with finding happiness and what real -- world practices can help you to better manage stress and choose peace and contentment instead.

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"This book can change your life." -- Dr. Andrew Weil

"An important innovative approach to well-being." -- Dr. Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence

256 pages, Paperback

First published March 31, 2015

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Amit Sood MD

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90 reviews4 followers
December 24, 2016
One of the most helpful self help books ever. It is broken down into changing your habits in exchange for better healthier ones a little at a time. The program is 10 weeks. I wish I had bought the journal [if there is one] as I didn't want to write in the charts and what not.
34 reviews
January 9, 2023
A useful and practical guide recommended by my therapist. I found it very helpful.
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227 reviews5 followers
December 20, 2017
Happiness is a state of being that everyone strives to achieve, and it’s easier to get there than most people realize. In just ten weeks, anyone can put themselves on the path to greater happiness with the four-step plan outlined in “The Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness.” The book starts with a discussion of the brain’s two basic modes: the active, focused mode when you’re concentrating on something; and the “default” mode, where the mind wanders while you’re doing something else, causing constant anxiety about the past and future. Not surprisingly, the first step of the program is to Train Your Attention, meaning to use various techniques to focus mindfully on the here and now, rather than letting our minds wander to other topics. Steps two, three, and four follow along the same path, helping readers learn to raise their own emotional resilience (by focusing on gratitude and compassion, among other important core principles), offering ideas for starting a mind-body practice (think beyond meditation), and choosing to build habits that contribute to good health. With its friendly, conversational tone, this book is sure to inspire readers to make positive changes in their lives, and the many exercises and guidelines make it possible for anyone to achieve a greater sense of happiness in their own life.

(Review originally written for San Francisco Book Review.)
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Author 4 books18 followers
June 25, 2019
Imagine if Mr. Rogers, that bastion of childhood television programming, wrote a self-help book, and you have this one. I quickly became impatient with the simplistic activities and fifth-grade reading level. I skimmed most of it but did pick up a few helpful tidbits. I expected more from a Mayo Clinic physician.
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212 reviews4 followers
February 25, 2023
Affirmations are a challenge. "I'm doing my best," I say, but how am I so sure? I feel just as judgmental reading a workbook sequel: The original would have taken more work. So, what to do with an affirmations workbook? Accept it, enjoy it, don't try to improve it. Observe when your attention wanders. Meditate on the fundamentals. Celebrate the author's success.
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1,628 reviews38 followers
March 1, 2021
informative reference book that i return to regularly to keep myself on the best path during my life span
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262 reviews4 followers
January 4, 2017
Such a well-written and wonderful book. Dr Sood is a kind, brilliant, and generous person.
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749 reviews
March 20, 2016
I am very interested in the topic of Happiness and thought a book by the renowned Mayo Clinic would offer valuable insight and/or research into this topic. Sadly neither happened. I felt the book was remedial at best. Can not recommend...actually a waste of my time.
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December 11, 2016
A very good workbook that carries some useful skill sets but more tailored to mid-aged audiences. I do not recommend this book for teens since there is too much of "Dream diminishment talk" that tells you to "just be happy".
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493 reviews10 followers
July 10, 2015
Some good advice but mostly too prescriptive, simple and touchy-freely.
39 reviews
August 31, 2015
The theory of the book is good and my be help some people but for my situation it was not the right book.
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191 reviews1 follower
August 7, 2016
Outstanding resource that provides concrete, science-based steps towards greater personal resilience - and thus happiness. I used this as a textbook with students in my resiliency class.
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