'You Can Choose to Be Joyful' - Book recommendation
9th April, 20150 Comments
It is a very exciting time in the field of self-development. Nearly daily, there is new information coming from the fields of science and academia that is affording us more knowledge about how our brains work and providing strategies on how to effectively make lasting changes at the brain level.
Hypnotherapy bypasses the 'thinking' brain and works at the level of the 'emotional' brain where memories and feelings associated with experiences are stored. And while sometimes hypnotherapy is enough to change unwanted habits or phobias, people often would like to know more about how the brain works and how strategies such as meditation, mindfulness, exercise, eating well, compassion and gratitude can have a positive impact on both mind and body
The book 'You Can Choose To Be Joyful: Strategies for creating more joy in your life - backed by science' does just that. It begins with a brief description about how the brain is wired (with a negativity-bias, which might not surprise you). Each chapter then looks at various strategies for turning that negativity bias into a more positive one – backed up by recent scientific research. Some of the topics covered in the book are mentioned above, but others include breathing techniques that send a message to the brain that you are safe; how to use positive emotion to stop the fight or flight system; and the importance of feeding the brain with positivity every day. At the end of each chapter are various exercises that can be practised to begin training the brain away from stress and negativity and towards joy.
Unlike other books, this isn't about happiness training. Happiness doesn't stick around very long, but joy is different. Joy is a way of living, not just a fleeting feeling. And joy takes a little bit of practise to come by. But it is pleasurable work that helps you to get to know yourself better and feel more connected to the world around you. If you choose joy, and choose it often, you will begin to notice your life changing in ways you may not have thought possible. And if you are already living in joy, why not share this resource with others who could benefit from its strategies.
The e-book and print versions are available now on Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/You-Can-Choose-Joyful-Strategies/dp/1508801479/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1428569397&sr=8-1&keywords=choose+joyful
About the author
Gianna is a holistic therapist, living and working in Wimbledon. Since 2007, she has been a practising Cognitive Hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner, helping clients to tap into their own inner resources. She is also an avid researcher into modern brain science and has been practising meditation and mindfulness for the past eight years.
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