Has anyone heard of or read this book?
I've been reading a bit of it here and there and am less than halfway through. It was a recommended (not required) book for my Level 2 YogaFit teacher training class. I'm enjoying it, for the most part. It's a little different and offbeat, with lingo like the "UpSpiral" and VibeCore" and "the Emotional Gym." It's largely about how a positive mindset and emotions can be cultivated to be our default state and he provides exercises to help facilitate that. For example, practicing "feeling" gratitude, love, peace, joy, and hope in little pulses for a few seconds each, several times a day. That is the first exercise in the "emotional gym."
The author says we don't have to wait for external "causes" for having a positive mind and emotions; that they can be the cause and source of our feeling state. He also looks somewhat disdainfully at therapy that spends a lot of time rehashing and examining negative feelings and emotions, since that strengthens them and gives them more power (I'm wildly paraphrasing some of this). He argues that we can raise our "happiness set-point" by cultivating resilience via the pursuit of a positive mind.
It's actually kind of hard to explain this book, I'm discovering, lol! And since I haven't read it all, I'm a bit on the fence about whether I'd actually recommend it. But there are some things I really like. He talks a lot about neuroplasticity and cites various types of research. He also spends some time discussing the current cultural tendency to view pessimism in a more positive light (heh) than positivity. He shares that he watched the movie Pollyanna to prepare for writing the book, and explains why he supports the character's approach and partly why he thinks it has gotten such a bad rap.
Anyway, it made me think of some of the books we read here and I thought I'd share!