This Is Your Brain On Joy

Recently read This Is Your Brain On Joy: A Revolutionary Program for Balancing Mood, Restoring Brain Health, and Nurturing Spiritual Growth, by Dr. Earl Henslin. The book can be broken down into 3 main sections. Henslin begins by giving an overview of the brain and why knowing about it is important to understanding the effects it can have in your attitudes and actions. Secondly, he goes through the 5 mood centers in greater detail, describing how each specifically affects you and some things to consider applying for recovery and health. The third section takes a look at the Apostle Paul and his letter to the Philippians. He outlines insights that he gleaned from the Bible calling them Secrets of Joy.

The beginning and the end of the book were my favorite parts. Included in the first section is survey with 101 statements to rate yourself on. After this, you can find out which mood center you most commonly have problems with. Then as you read through the information about the mood centers, you can pay extra attention to the one that deals with you the most. I liked this because it personalized the information, which otherwise may have been too overwhelming and distant.

Overall, Henslin seems to have done his research and knows what he is talking about. It is great to see a follower of Jesus that studies the brain and can combine scientific knowledge and faith in way that betters everyone. Almost like they are naturally supposed to go together

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