I recently read This Is Your Brain On Joy, A Revolutionary Program for Balancing Mood, Restoring Brain Health, and Nurturing Spiritual Growth. It was written by Dr. Earl Henslin, and published by Thomas Nelson.
Dr. Henslin explains how the brain should function in easy to understand terms, and describes the symptoms seen in people whose brains are not working properly. He discusses each section of the brain, and explains which areas are involved in mental health problems–including attention deficit disorders, addictions, obsessive/compulsive thinking, depression, uncontrolled anger, excessive fear, and poor judgement.
This book describes the latest research, offers practical suggestions for improving our brain’s health, and gives insight into treatment possibilities. It includes information about brain scans that can help diagnose problems so the proper treatment or medication can be determined.
My favorite bit of advice is on page 43, where he says to achieve joy in life we need to enrich our outer world (by creating a joyful, brain-stimulating environment), our inner world (by feeding our mind and soul with nourishing thoughts), and our body-mind chemistry (through what we put in our mouths and through exercise).
While no brain operates perfectly, a healthy brain helps people improve their relationships and lead more productive, satisfying lives. This book is full of tips for improving the health of our brains, and therefore improving the quality of our lives. Dr. Henslin approaches the subject from a Christian perspective, but not in a preachy manner.
I enjoyed reading this book, and highly recommend it. It provides insights that make it easier to understand and sympathize with those who suffer from poor mental health.
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Disclaimer: Thomas Nelson provided this book for review. The opinion expressed is my own.