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Your brain operates in two functional modes: Focused mode of undistracted presence and Default mode of mind wandering. Learn how to find greater peace and happiness by engaging your brain's focused mode.

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Mayo Clinic's Guide to Stress-Free Living by Dr. Amit Sood

The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living has helped thousands of people reduce stress and achieve greater joy. Are you ready for Stress-Free Living?

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Watch Dr. Sood explain the brain’s role in stress.

You are who your pet thinks you are.

– Dr. Amit Sood

Excerpts from
The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living

  • The secret to the brain’s proficiency is in its wiring. A random heap of nerve cells (neurons) wouldn’t serve much purpose. But when intelligently wired, they provide the basis for....

  • Feeling cared for and caring for others both activate the brain areas that host happiness (the reward center). Next time you assist someone, thank him or her for helping you....

  • A wicked or criminal act may be difficult or impossible to forgive. Invite gratitude, compassion and meaning instead.

  • Happiness needs at least one of two ingredients, preferably both: contentment and the company of loved ones. Happy people don’t have fewer problems; they just look at their problems differently.

  • Hugging you each moment is a dear friend who tirelessly meets your needs, isn’t selling anything, seeks nothing in return and never judges you. You can be yourself with this....

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Dr. Amit Sood

About Dr. Sood

Dr. Sood is a Professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN. Director of Research and Practice in the Mayo Clinic Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program, and Chair of the Mayo Mind-Body Initiative.

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This AIT class, including the wonderful emails and phone conferences has been a god-send to me. One of the things that really appeals to me about Attention and Interpretation Therapy is its universal application. Compassion, acceptance, love and forgiveness are basic human values that rise above differences – such as ethnicity, occupation, religion or sexual orientation – that we sometimes use as barriers. Our interconnectedness requires us to do our best to make interpretations based on principles rather than prejudice.— Nancy L.

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