Book Notes: The Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness
The 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
- 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.
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