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Book Notes: The Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness

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

June 15, 2016 at 4:19 pm

Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success

give and takeAdam Grant, a professor at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, recently presented as part of the Ozmun Lecture series at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. His talk was entitled “Givers Take All: Driving Success by Building a Culture of Contributors”. A recording of his talk is available on the Mayo Video Exchange.

Professor Grant’s presentation was based on his 2013 book titled “Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success ”.

The main premise of “Give and Take” is that our old formulas for success no longer work. Hard work, passion, and talent are no longer enough. Grant feels that in order to succeed today, we must focus on networking, collaboration, and negotiation. He divides people into three groups: takers, matchers, and givers. Takers try to get all they can, matchers try to trade fairly, and givers try to contribute without expecting anything back.

Grant shows that the givers among us have far more success than the takers or matchers. Using a mixture of real-life examples and research studies, he illustrates that our ability to connect with others and give of ourselves is often more important than our own talents and abilities. “Give and Take” is an interesting mix of social science, economics, and business theory, and is sure to leave you feeling like you have something to give.

The Library has several copies of “Give and Take” available. Fill out this request form to request a copy. (for Mayo users only)

May 27, 2015 at 12:50 pm

Mayo Clinic The Essential Diabetes Book

Diabetes book coverDiabetes rates continue to rise, particularly diagnoses of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Our genes haven’t changed dramatically, but we eat on the run, choosing foods high in fat and calories and low in vegetables and fruits. We’ve become less physically active, resulting in many of us becoming overweight or obese. In response to this national epidemic, Mayo Clinic The Essential Diabetes Book offers cutting-edge information for all types of diabetes. (more…)

March 27, 2015 at 11:24 am

Mayo Clinic on Alzheimer’s Disease

Alz imageAlzheimer’s disease frequently ranks among the greatest health fears. However, it is a misperception that Alzheimer’s is a normal part of aging. Mayo Clinic on Alzheimer’s Disease explains the normal changes with typical aging compared to the development of cognitive disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease.  (more…)

October 30, 2014 at 11:04 am

Mayo Clinic Guide to Preventing & Treating Osteoporosis

osteoOsteoporosis was once considered a normal part of aging. This disease causes bones to become weak, brittle and even prone to fracture from common activities, such as bending over, coughing, giving a hug, or twisting to look behind you. About 10 million Americans – 80 percent of them women – currently have osteoporosis and 18 million Americans are at high risk due to low bone density.

If you are female and over the age of 50, you have a fifty-fifty chance of breaking a hip during your remaining lifetime. About one-third of the people who break a hip ever return to being as active before the fracture. Nearly one-third permanently go to a nursing home. Osteoporosis is a silent disease. Often the first and only sign of the condition is a bone fracture.

Mayo Clinic Guide to Preventing and Treating Osteoporosis offers hope that bone loss from osteoporosis can often be avoided or effectively managed.  Osteoporosis is no longer an unfortunate result of growing old. This book’s take-charge approach gives detailed guidance on successfully managing the disease.

This comprehensive resource provides updated information on assessing bone fracture risk, the role of bone density measurements, diet, exercise, supplements, and medications. Reduce your risk of falling by understanding the importance of balance, coordination, good posture, and fitness by following expert advice on how to improve these factors. Information on the latest advances helps you evaluate treatment options.

Mayo Clinic Guide to Preventing and Treating Osteoporosis provides the keys to building a strong skeleton when you are young and slowing the rate of bone loss as you age.  Even with osteoporosis, you can use good nutrition, exercise and medications to slow and even reverse its progression.

Learn about the life cycle of the bone, including key bone builders such as calcium, phosphate and magnesium. Bone remodeling, or turnover, repairs damage and ensures enough minerals circulate in the bloodstream to carry out many bodily functions. Remodeling is a response to physical activity. Your skeleton adapts to carrying heavier loads and greater stress by forming new bone. Knowledge of the remodeling cycle can help you understand the changes in bone health and structure as you age, including hormonal influences.

Discover the factors that increase the risk of fractures including changes associated with age such as loss of muscle mass, problems with balance, poor vision, chronic medical conditions, reaction to medications, and environmental hazards. Certain disorders, such as hyperthyroidism, Type 1 diabetes, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and chronic kidney diseases are also associated with osteoporosis.

Mayo Clinic Guide to Preventing and Treating Osteoporosis helps you understand how to assess and reduce your risk through screening and diagnosis, reviewing risk factors that can be influenced and how to develop an action plan.

You can develop healthy living strategies, by beginning with good posture, practice safety tips for common daily tasks, and taking steps to prevent falls, and use of assistive devices such as gait aids, reachers, grab bars, and shower chairs.  Be proactive in self-care by consuming adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D. Foods rich in calcium include broccoli, salmon, spinach, and fortified juices and cereals. Sunlight offers a major source of vitamin D. Typically, 10 to 15 minutes of sun exposure – without sunscreen – twice a week will help you maintain optimum levels of vitamin D. Supplements may be needed during winter months.

Three types of exercise are recommended: back-strengthening, weight-bearing, and resistance training. Weight-bearing exercises are done on your feet with the bones of your lower body supporting your own weight. Walking is considered a safe, simple, and ideal exercise. A walking program should be done at least every other day to build both flexibility and endurance.

Methods for boosting your emotional health begin with controlling stress, organizing your day, creating a plan before you act, and developing coping strategies to help reduce anxiety and boost self-esteem.  With more education, the less threatening osteoporosis will seem. Minimize your risk by learning how to move safely and exercise effectively.

The strategies in Mayo Clinic Guide to Preventing and Treating Osteoporosis, along with guidance from your personal physician, combined with the support of family and friends, can offer you the best opportunity to prevent future bone loss or treat osteoporosis, and continue to enjoy an active, independent life.

Debbie Fuehrer,  L.P.C.C.
Complementary & Integrative Medicine Program

July 23, 2014 at 12:04 pm

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants

image1For three thousand years, the story of the shepherd boy David felling the warrior Goliath personified the battle between underdogs and giants. In his book David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants, Malcolm Gladwell challenges our view of what we accept as disadvantages and obstacles when powerful opponents were faced throughout history and now in our daily lives. (more…)

April 30, 2014 at 11:35 am

Mayo Clinic on Better Hearing and Balance

image2Your son points out that you have the TV volume up too loud. Sometimes you hold on to furniture or the wall to maintain your balance. You have difficulty understanding what people are saying when you are in a group.  Hearing loss and dizziness are two of the most common reasons why people visit their doctors. (more…)

April 30, 2014 at 11:34 am

Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living

MC Guide to Stress-Free LivingThe Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living is not your run-of-the-mill self-help book. Other books have offered to help me meditate, reduce stress, or become healthier.  Unfortunately, most of them also required me to steal large amounts of time from my already busy life. (more…)

January 30, 2014 at 3:03 pm

The New Mayo Clinic Cookbook

CookbookHealthy eating doesn’t have fall into a lifetime of boring, flavorless foods.  The New Mayo Clinic Cookbook, Second Edition offers recipes that create dishes rich in flavor with nutritious ingredients that may actually lower your risk of developing many diseases, from heart disease to cancer.

The New Mayo Clinic Cookbook provides 50 new recipes based on the Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight Pyramid principles. While the pyramid was designed as a weight control tool, it also showcases eating wisely for better health. (more…)

October 29, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Mayo Clinic on Healthy Aging

MC on Healthy AgingShape your later years into some of the best of your life. Use Mayo Clinic on Healthy Aging as a compass to help you live life to its maximum. You can find happiness and vitality for a lifetime by taking charge of your future. (more…)

July 30, 2013 at 7:48 am

Mayo Clinic Family Health Book

Mayo Clinic Family Health BookMayo Clinic Family Health Book provides easy-to-find information in a comprehensive volume, offering the ultimate home medical reference from a trusted name in medicine. (more…)

May 1, 2013 at 10:35 am

Navigating Life with a Brain Tumor

Nav Life with a Brain TumorResearch indicates that individuals who know more about their medical conditions demonstrate better outcomes. To assist in that endeavor, the American Academy of Neurology offers Navigating Life with a Brain Tumor. (more…)

May 1, 2013 at 10:34 am

Call the Midwife

Call the MidwifeCall the Midwife offers an engaging, realistic memoir of Jennifer Worth’s career as a midwife and district nurse at the age of twenty-two in London’s East End Slums in the 1950s. Worth trained with the Midwives of St. Raymund Nonnatus, a pseudonym for a religious order of Anglican nuns devoted to bringing safer childbirth to the poor. (more…)

January 31, 2013 at 11:04 am

The Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Book

When breast cancer strikes, priorities change and decisions must be made. Where can compassionate, reliable, and easy-to-comprehend information be found? The Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Book offers guidance to help you understand the basics of cancer, make informed decisions about medical care, and cope with the physical and emotional effects of cancer treatment. (more…)

October 30, 2012 at 4:05 pm

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