SWITCH ON YOUR BRAIN: THE KEY TO PEAK HAPPINESS, THINKING AND HEALTH by Dr. Caroline Leaf (Book Recommendation)

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What is that one habit that you’d really like to break, but just can’t seem to do it?What about the habit that you’d really like to have, but keeps getting pushed away one way or another?

Is there a lifestyle that you’d like to break out of?

Maybe you’d like to lose weight or eat healthier, but feel like it’s impossible?

Have you been taught that you can never break our of depression or anxiety, because it runs in your family?

What if it is possible for your life to change completely for the better?

What if there’s a way to live a happy, healthy and fulfilled life?

Well, there are no what ifs on this one.

There is indeed a way and you need not look further than utilizing your own mind with the help of the Holy Spirit.

In Switch On Your Brain: The Key to Peak Happiness, Thinking, and Health, Dr. Caroline Leaf explains how powerful your mind is and that you can use it to rewire your brain and therefore transform your life, no matter what genes you’re born with.

There are at least two quotes she uses in the book that I like very much. One is from Marcus Aurelius - “Our life is what our thoughts make it.” The other one is from Peace Pilgrim - “If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.”

The book has two parts. The first part provides the keys on how you can switch on your brain. The second part, called “The 21-Day Brain Detox Plan,” teaches you a routine that you can exercise to make the change you need to make happen.

The book comes not only from scientific research and Biblical truths, but also from years of seeing change happen in the lives of her own patients.

"I have been privileged to work with and see:

  • autistic children cope in academic and social environments

  • senior citizens sharpen their memories to the point that in their eighties they change careers and obtain degrees

  • young men and women who grew up in abject poverty and a lifestyle of selling and taking drugs do a complete about-face in their lives, go back to school, and become leaders in their communities

  • car accident victims who had been written off by neurologists as “vegetables” retrain their brains to the point that they complete their schooling up to a tertiary level and go on to become successful, contributing citizens

  • students labeled as learning disabled with years of therapy and no hope left master learning and achieve grades they and their parents only dreamed of

  • Schools in some of the worst third-world areas in Africa, in which students could not pass to the next level, become schools on the minister of education’s “most improved” list

  • children with dyslexia learn to read and write and even help their parents study for exams successfully

  • suicidal and emotionally traumatized minds set free

  • entire schools improve grades across core subjects" (2013, p. 22-23) [Please excuse the format as Wordpress is giving me trouble quoting this section of the book properly.]

Last week, one of the things I mentioned that will help you plant THE TRUTH in your mind is to read a Christian book, so I thought I’d recommend one for you. Whether you are looking for a dramatic change in your life like the ones she listed or something more simple, this book is going to help you realize that it can be done and then provide you with the tool to actually do it.

Dr. Caroline Leaf is a cognitive neuroscientist who has studied and researched the mind-brain connection since the early 1980s. (http://drleaf.com/about/) She is also the author of Think and Eat Yourself Smart: A Neuroscientific Approach to a Sharper Mind and Healthier Lifeand the host of The Dr. Leaf Show, which airs on TBN on Wednesday nights at 6:30 PM EST. (Episodes are available to watch at https://www.tbn.org/programs/dr-leaf-show or http://drleaf.com/broadcast/.)

WHAT TO DO THIS WEEK TO BREAK OUT OF DEPRESSION/ANXIETY:

  1. Start reading Switch on Your Brain: The Key to Peak Happiness, Thinking, and Health

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*Share with us in the comments below some books you would recommend. Or, if you’ve read this book, what did you think about it?

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Have a blessed week!

Christine Waters