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The Secret to Happiness in Four Simple Steps

A group at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota has determined four key steps to achieving happiness.

The Luxonomist. 12/06/2015
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Created by the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, the program uses a series of exercises that they say helps train people’s minds into choosing happiness, regardless of circumstance. Click for more information

As the Daily Mail revealed, a group at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota has determined four key steps to achieving happiness. Dr. Amit Sood, who leads a team of researchers at Mayo, believes happiness is a choice and, in fact, says that forty to fifty percent of people’s happiness rests on the deliberate decisions they make day after day.

Dr. Sood has taken the four-steps and developed a comprehensive ten-week program to change your mindset and let a positive attitude become habit.  The program is outlined in the new book The Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness: A 4-Step Plan for Resilient Living which puts forth practical guidelines that are easy to implement into mundane moments—while waiting for an elevator, or folding laundry.

  • Train Your Attention: Learning to focus your attention enables you to command your thoughts and shift perspective.
  • Cultivate Emotional Resilience: Build inner emotional strength by making room for gratitude, compassion, acceptance, meaning, and forgiveness.
  • Start a Mind-Body Practice: Deepen your spiritual awareness through meditation, prayer, or any other mind-body practices that work for you.
  • Pick Healthy Habits: Direct your willpower to making positive, concrete changes to lead to a healthier you—eat well, exercise, worry less.
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The Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness: A 4-Step Plan for Resilient Living and Dr. Amit Sood. Click for more information

With this new book, Dr. Sood expands on the standards he set forth in The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-free Living which Dr. Daniel Goleman called «an important innovative approach to well-being.»  Both books are published by Da Capo Lifelong Books/Da Capo Press, a division of the Perseus Books Group.

Dr. Amit Sood is a professor of medicine and the chair of the Mind-Body Medicine Initiative at Mayo Clinic, a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research, and education.

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