Book Notes: The Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness

June 15, 2016 at 4:19 pm

book cover imageThe first sentence of The Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness: A 4-Step Plan for Resilient Living:

“Allow me to start with a silly question – actually, a very silly question.”

The last sentence of this very good handbook:

“The best way to not postpone joy is to make a commitment to kindness – toward others and toward yourself.”

The pages between walk the reader through the four steps of the ten-week plan to a happier, healthier, more peaceful you.


According to the Preface to The Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness, the book and the 4-step plan are: scientific, skills-based, simple, scalable, structurally sound, secular, and suited to 21st century living. The book then leads the reader through 3 sections:

  • Section I: Prepare Your Mind
  • Section II: Get Your Feet Wet
  • Section III: Take the Plunge: Introducing the 4-Step, 10-Week Program.

The book is both focused and wide-ranging, and covers topics such as:

  • decrease your load
  • take a moment for gratitude
  • your brain’s 2 modes
  • your mind
  • train your attention
  • cultivate emotional resilience, gratitude, and compassion
  • acceptance
  • meaning
  • forgiveness
  • relationships
  • start a mind-body practice
  • pick healthy habits for a healthier you

Sprinkled throughout the book are many question-and-answer checkboxes, and boxes are provided for the reader to briefly write their thoughts.

The Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness: A 4-Step Plan for Resilient Living, by Dr. Amit Sood, guides the reader through a step-by-step practical transition to greater peace, happiness, and kindness to self and others.

Contributed to LibLog by :

Barbara McTighe
Cataloging Department
Plummer Library
Mayo Clinic Libraries

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