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Publisher's Summary

It’s the reason why spending time on Facebook makes us feel sad and lonely. Why expensive name-brand medicines provide better pain relief than the generic stuff, even if they share the same ingredients. And why a hospital room with a good view speeds up recovery from surgery. 

The truth is the way we think about ourselves and the world around us dramatically impacts our happiness, health, how fast or slow we age, and even how long we live. In fact, people with a positive mindset about aging live on average 7.5 years longer than those without. 

That might sound alarming to those of us who struggle to see the bright side, but the good news is we can make surprisingly simple changes or small shifts to how we think, feel, and act that will really pay off. 

In The Positive Shift: Mastering Mindset to Improve Happiness, Health, and Longevity, Dr. Catherine Sanderson breaks down the science of thought and shows how our mindset - or thought pattern - exerts a substantial influence on our psychological and physical health. Most important, this book demonstrates how, no matter what our natural tendency, with practice we can make minor tweaks in our mindset that will improve the quality - and longevity - of our life. 

Combining cutting-edge research from the fields of psychology, neuroscience, and medicine, as well as vivid real-world examples of the power of mindset, The Positive Shift gives listeners practical and easy strategies for changing maladaptive thought patterns and behaviors, so they can live longer, happier lives. These behaviors include:

  • Appreciating nature, with actions as simple as eating lunch outside
  • Giving to others, like volunteering
  • Spending money on experiences, not possessions 

Living your best life is truly mind over matter. Believe in yourself, and rethink your way to a happier reality.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Catherine A. Sanderson (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Published by arrangement with BenBella Books.

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Thinking positively in order to become more successful? It may sound like little more than wishful advice to some, but recent advances in psychology have shown real-world benefits to seeing the glass half full. Below you’ll find our top audiobooks for understanding and benefiting from a more positive mindset at home and at work. These are some of our favorite audiobooks that will encourage you to change your life for the better.

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Excellent Read!

A very down-to-earth, clearly written work that will jumpstart anyone to living a happier life. It’s chock full of interesting studies on which her analysis is based. I truly enjoyed this book and I’ll be happier because of it.

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Another 'Top Shelf' library addition

My life is one of follow the dots and connect the dots. It currently has me in the role of agile coaching, which is how I came by this book. I've been trying to dive into the world of positive psychology and how to help others connect to their purpose, but I've neglected to see that I too need to connect. This book provoked much introspection and self-reflection, to where I felt an emotional healing take place. It quite literally helped me break mental crutches from my life's pain that was preventing me from helping others. Right place, right time? Destiny? Uncertain of why now this book entered my life, but it is now a top shelf favorite. Thank you Dr. Sanderson. You are amazing!

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It was hard to listen to. The readers / authors throaty scratchy voice was distracting.The points are pretty common sense. Not bad.

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Easy to listen to and easy to absorb

There are a lot of books where the audio/narration alone can be a turn off while listening. This was not one of them! I found it relaxing to listen and easy to absorb the information. There are multiple lessons and solutions in each chapter, based off different studies, to provide fact based evidence. I will definitely be re-listening to this book because I love it so much!

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I enjoyed the book, I consider myself a positive person already. I read this book along with a relative to discuss the book and help them become a more positive person. I still learned a few nuggets within each chapter as well as reinforcing ones I already knew. fun game, have a sip of your drink every time she says the word moreover. 😂

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Eh, pretty much copied all the other positive psychology books.

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I would recommend this book to anyone. Scientific based facts to increase well being. Efficient with some humor. Having read many positive psychology books, this one is particularly enjoyable. Useful and you end the read with a smile.

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Simple steps to a happier life

This is a great book. It was very well read. I appreciated that all the content was research based. I liked that it explained the reason why, some simple strategies, can be implemented to improve ones happiness. This is a book that can help improve everyone's happiness. I recommend this book.

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