“This is the story of how Broody, a very unhappy brain, became very happy” – reads the youtube description for this incredibly insightful video by Amit Sood, MD.
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Sood is not just making up these conclusions — he is a professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic, a respected researcher of integrated medicine, and a fellow at the American College of Physicians.
His breakdown is simple and spot on: there are some very real things that make us unhappy (stress, physical pain, a hurting relationship, etc.). Often we try to just think “I need to be happy” to combat these feelings. The result? More stagnation and pain.
Sood’s evidence based answer is simple: don’t focus on being happy. Instead focus on compassion & gratitude, and happiness will follow.
Our takeaway: Be thankful & compassionate TODAY with whoever is physically next to you. Whether that be your wife, friend, or a stranger you bump into…it matters and will bring you so much joy.
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