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

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

by Amit Sood MD, Mayo Clinic


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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.

Praise for the Stress-Free Living Program:

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

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738217857
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 03/31/2015
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 389,250
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education for people from all walks of life. For more information, visit

Amit Sood, M.D. is Director of Research and Practice in the Mayo Clinic Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program and Associate Professor, Chair of the Mayo Mind-Body Initiative.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface xi

Section I Prepare Your Mind 1

Decrease Your Load 1

Decrease Your Load Even More 3

Take a Moment for Gratitude 5

Section II Get Your Feet Wet

Your Brain's 2 Modes 9

Your Mind 18

Happiness 25

Stress 28

Resilience 37

Section III Take the Plunge Introducing the 4-Step, 10-Week Program 47

The First Step: Train Your Attention 45

Week 1 Joyful Attention 48

Week 2 Kind Attention 74

The Second Step: Cultivate Emotional Resilience 80

Weeks 3-8 Flow with Life's Stressors 80

Gratitude 90

Compassion 101

Acceptance 116

Meaning 133

Forgiveness 154

Relationships 168

The Third Step: Start a Mind-Body Practice 200

Week 9 Mind-Body Practices 200

The Fourth Step: Pick Healthy Habits 213

Week 10 Healthier You-Take Small Steps 213

Appendix: Additional Attention Exercises 231

Index 238

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