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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.

Seek not pleasant, seek what is right, and you’ll get the pleasant.

– Dr. Amit Sood

Excerpts from
The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living

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

  • Everyone has a child within waiting to be tickled awake. Help others experience the innocence and joy of being a child.

  • Relinquish the urge to vanquish. Let go of the satisfaction of being proved right if being right risks losing a loving relationship.

  • Certain brain regions (particularly the anterior insula) activate when you experience a negative emotion or pain and also when you see someone else experience the same emotion or pain. Your....

  • Actively practice compassion only to the extent that your emotional and physical capacity allows…If you aim to lift 200 pounds, start with 20 and build from there.

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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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I have used the principles learned to help bring more joy into my life on a daily basis. ..I do look at my daily blessings with gratitude rather than focusing on what didn’t go well or didn’t get done. [After a family crisis] I think I have been able to handle this crisis with some grace and bring with me a loving kindness that has helped me to bring our family together, ask for help, let go of the control, and see with greater clarity what the priorities have been.— Sue C.

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